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In this series of news-maker interviews, host Faith Haney of Central Washington University (CWU) explores cultural anthropology and archaeology. In this sixth episode, taped in February 2008, Faith visits with shipwreck exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration, taking a tour of their conservation lab and shipwreck exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida. She examines three shipwreck sites, the SS Republic, the China Blue, and the Dry Tortugas, learning about the history and conservation of dozens of artifacts.

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Produced by KCWU Productions in 2008

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