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Keywords:

  • maritime archaeology;
  • HMS Swift;
  • 18th-century shipwreck;
  • Argentina;
  • ship structure;
  • biodeterioration

HMS Swift was a British sloop-of-war which sank off the coast of Patagonia, Southern Argentina, in 1770. Since 1997 the Underwater Archaeology Programme of the National Institute of Anthropology has taken charge of the archaeological research conducted at the wreck-site. This article presents an overview of the continuing Swift project and the different research lines comprised in it. The latter cover aspects related to ship-construction, material culture and natural site-formation processes.

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