Two cannon were discovered on State land off the coast of Oregon near Arch Cape in Clatsop County in mid February, 2008. Afraid that the cannon might be stolen or suffer from future storm damage (e.g., uncovered by tide and left to deteriorate through exposure to the elements), Oregon Parks and Recreation Department personnel hauled one of the cannon partially up the beach on February 18 so that both cannon could be easily retrieved the following day. State law (ORS 390.235) dictates that a state archaeological permit is needed to remove any artifacts from an archaeological site on public lands in Oregon. The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office was contacted and asked to assist in the recovery efforts since public attention had attracted many people to the beach and OPRD staff was afraid that the cannon or associated debris from an earlier shipwreck may disappear before or during the recovery efforts.
State Archaeologist, Dennis Griffin, joined Nehalem Bay State Park staff on the afternoon of February 19th and assisted with the recovery of the two cannon. The recovery efforts were conducted under state Archaeological Permit AP-1089. This report summarizes the recovery efforts and provides recommendations for long-term conservation and exhibition of the recovered cannon.
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