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Ms. Zahn examines an artifact from a shipwreck.

The Falmouth Public Library is offering a free virtual lecture titled “Science and History of Shipwrecks: Archaeology and Conservation,” presented by Marie Zahn on Tuesday, January 25, from 7 to 8 PM via Zoom.

This look into the world of underwater archaeology will focus on the challenges of artifact conservation and the effects of different underwater environments on ships and their artifacts. The audience will learn how objects deteriorate and decay over time by looking at shipwrecks from diverse time periods throughout history as well as spanning the globe in terms of construction and final resting places.

Marie Zahn, a Cape Cod native, is the director of the Brooks Academy Museum and A. Elmer Crowell Decoy Barn Museum for the Harwich Historical Society, as well as serving as the administrator for the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. In addition to her current work, Ms. Zahn spent several years working on an early 18th-century shipwreck as an archaeologist, conservator and science education coordinator.

The event is free and open to adults and teens. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 508-457-2555, extension 7, or go to the library’s events page.

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