This project was a major success. Given
the political and financial environment in Portugal it was clear that the Centro Nacional de Arqueologia Náutica e Subaquática
(CNANS) could not afford to have Paulo J. Rodrigues fully dedicated to the study and publication of this shipwreck. More
important, this is not a task for one person alone, and CNANS could not afford to hire a team as skilled as the
Nautical Archaeology Program students to record all the surviving timbers of such a ship.
This cooperation between TAMU/INA
and CNANS allowed therefore a major contribution to nautical archaeology in Portugal and, given the characteristics
of this ship, one can say to nautical archaeology in a larger sense.
This project is completed with
the final drawings of all the frames preserved.
However, should Paulo J. Rodrigues and CNANS be interested, I believe
that the continuation of the recording of all the timbers of this ship would make a good summer school project
for at least one more summer.
This project would never be completed
without Dr. Kevin Crisman's support.
I must therefore thank first of all Dr. Crisman and the Institute of
Nautical Archaeology for its support of the Cais do Sodré project.
Then I must thank the project
principal investigator, Paulo Jorge Rodrigues, for the opportunity he created, letting Texas A&M University
participate in his project, and the wonderful team of students that worked so hard and aiming at such high standard
of quality. Dante
Bartoli, Starr Cox, Katie Custer, Peter Erik Flynn, Gustavo Garcia, Sara Hoskins, Michael Jones, Erika Laanela,
Anthony Randolph, and Carrie Sowden, all performed a great job, both as skilled, hard working professional archaeologists,
and as joyful and disciplined ambassadors of the Nautical Archaeology Program and Texas A&M University in Portugal.
Finally I have to thank the director
of CNANS, Francisco Alves, and all its team for all the support given to this project.