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This year is the 30th Anniversary celebration of the discovery of the Mother Lode of the Atocha. Come for the fun, stay to win the booty! $5,000 in cash and $10,000 in treasure to be won. Today's the Day!
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We will be releasing a series of Artifact Reports on significant artifacts found over the years to build our new Artifact Report Archive. 
We will posting them here as they become available.
In June of 2008, Blue Water Ventures-contractors for Mel Fisher's Treasures- discovered an exquisite and exceedingly rare high karat gold drinking vessel on the widely scattered Santa Margarita shipwreck site.

An ornately engraved bowl arises from a threaded base into eight lobes, with two beaded "question mark" handles. The artifact - called abernegalby the Spanish - features a coat of arms engraved into the interior center, and while some promising clues to the arms’ identity have surfaced, its definitive provenience remains a mystery.

In 1907, Leonard Williams published The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, with 24 parts, or chapters, devoted to Gold, Silver, And Jewel Work. Following is an excerpt from his volumes that gives a contemporaneous example of arms impressed on precious items:

Margarita Chalice Arms

Quantities of jewelry and plate belonged to every noble household. For instance, the testament of the Countess of Castaneda (a.d. 1443) includes the mention of "a gilded cup and cover to the same; a silver vessel and its lid, the edges gilt and in the centre of both lid and vessel the arms of the said count, my lord…"

Chalice Research and Summary Points 
There is no chronicle of all the arms that have ever existed. As Heraldry expert Willem Vandenberg (of pointed out, even Rietstap's Armorial Général does not contain all of the arms that ever existed in Europe. 

• Arms can represent families, but can also represent cities, towns and guilds. 

• The chalice arms are family arms because of the presence of a helm - or helmet- at the top center. • The helm above the shield is used to indicate the rank of the bearer. The style of helm above the chalice arms may indicate a "peer" i.e. Duke, Marques, Earl, Viscount or Baron. • Arms features may change over time via marriages/unions, etc. 

• The top two quadrants of the chalice depict lions and castles such as those found on the Hapsburg shield, but positioned oppositely than those of the Spanish empire's ruling family - though as the 16th century illustration below exhibits, such reversals may not have been an entirely uncommon rendering. Hapsburg Shield The chalice itself may have originated in the Old World. However, the engraving of the arms looks "naïve" in comparison to the bernegal and may suggest that they were added at a later time, in the New World, by a New World artisan unfamiliar with heraldry. 

• Claudia Costanzo, a cultural resource specialist/artist from Madrid, said her impression was that the bernegal was perhaps European made, the arms added at a later time in the Americas. 

• An indigenous New World artisan, unfamiliar with heraldry, might easily take artistic liberties with the design. • Heraldry expert Willem Vandenberg wrote of the chalice arms: IT does not appear that the engraver was familiar with heraldry or much concerned with accuracy, and although the fourth panel appears to show hatching, it doesn't follow any of the color conventions used in the world of heraldry…He also wrote: As far as Spanish heraldry and the engraved arms are concerned I can tell you this. The border with 8 crosses does not make things easier. In Spanish heraldry this is very, very common… 

• The animals in the 4th field of the bernegal may be harts / stags or even possibly wolves. 

• Wheels are not common on coats of arms. The few examples of arms with wheels that researcher Brooks Barnes has been able to locate are spoked wheels. The wheels in the 3rd field of the bernegal- which Barnes describes as being "peasant style wooden cart wheels"- do not resemble any we have found in heraldic references to date. 

• It has also been suggested that the wheels may represent cannon carrier wheels. 

• On account of the inclusion of the two animals and the circular objects, one researcher suggested that the shield was associated with the ancient Castro family. However, the circular objects on the chalice arms are most certainly a type of wheel, and research into the Castro family history revealed that the circular objects on the Castro arms represent coins. 

The family name of Carrillo is one that is associated with the symbol of the wheel: 

Excerpted from House of Carrillo from Wikipedia: The House of Carrillo is a Spanish noble house that traces its origins from the ancient Kingdom of Castile. There are several branches that exist such as Carrillo de Albornoz, Carrillo de Mendoza, Carrillo de Figeroa, Carrillo de Toledo and Carrillo Tablas among others. There are also several variations in spelling of the surname Carrillo such as "Carillo." Records prove that both surnames are one and the same. The word carillo is used in Spanish to refer to any "small cart." It has been derived from the word carril, which means a cart, cartway, a narrow road or rail. 

Read more here on our new Artifact Report Archive.
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The crew of the Dare found an EO (encrusted object) today. We will know more about the artifact and its condition once it is in the conservation lab. Tomorrow Kim Fisher will visit the wreck site with correspondent John Zarrella for CCTV ‪#‎TodaysTheDay‬ !
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The artifact- called a bernegal by the Spanish- features a coat of arms engraved into the interior center, and while some promising clues to the arms’ identity have surfaced, its definitive provenience remains a mystery. View full report in the artifact report archive:
Golden Vessel of the Santa Margarita. Golden Chalice1_CR. Researched by Brooks Barnes and Carol Tedesco Prepared and Presented by Carol Tedesco. Golden Chalice2_CR. In June of 2008, Blue Water Ventures- contractors for Mel Fisher's Treasures- discovered an exquisite and exceedingly rare high ...
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February 23, 2015
Winds Calm, Boats Head to Site
We are thrilled to report that the wind has finally calmed down allowing the boats to head out to sea.

Captain Andy, Captain Papo, and their crews are now underway heading to the Santa Margarita site. As you may recall from a previous email, the Magruder will be working south east of what's considered the Margarita "Main Pile." This is an area that has never been worked thoroughly with metal detectors and we hope it contains some nice treasure.

This area also contains solution holes which can be anywhere from a few inches, to six feet in depth. Treasure settles down to the bottom of these holes over time, so it is necessary for the crew to use the airlift to get to the bottom of each one. Kim Fisher once found a gold bar at the bottom of a six foot deep solution hole, so needless to say the crew can't wait to get out there!

The Dare will work to the north, east of where the gold chalice was found on the trail.

If you want to dive with us this week, give us a call, the weather is perfect for treasure hunting.
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Collection of artifacts from historic shipwrecks explores maritime & colonial history.- Google
"Being able to hold real ingots from the Atocha was awesome."
"Love the place, very interesting and displays are great."
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Rick Wallace
a month ago
Love the place, very interesting and displays are great
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Bobby Weaver
2 years ago
We haven't been in 6 or so years, but I loved the place. Being able to hold real ingots from the Atocha was awesome. I don't remember the price when we were there, but I do remeber the lack of service; it was all self guided.
A Google User
3 years ago
The history was interesting, exhibits were reasonably well done. I reduced my rating from four to three starts because the manager was such an unpleasant person. We asked for some information about other tourist places and she said, "I'm not a tour guide, buy a book." No thanks.
A Google User
3 years ago
Interesting to learn
steve cummings
a year ago
If you are into history you will love the displays just take time to read and get an understanding for what you are looking at. Very nice people here also, we were met with a smile. the attitude of people who work at places like this mean so much.
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Michael Fisher
3 years ago
I've been obsessed with Mel Fisher and the Atocha since I was 9-10 years old and rented the Nat-Geo VCR tape from Carnegie Public Library in Freeport, IL. I couldn't miss this museum on my first trip to the Keys as a 32 year old! I was slightly disappointed, but I guess I may have had high expectations. $24 each was a little steep. The exhibits are kinda old and are very hard to photograph due to lighting, the red walls or the artifacts being in plexiglass cases. In fact, none of my photos (Cannon TI3) turned out on multiple settings. The surveillance (?) guy was almost helpful, but was very softly spoken and didn't seem to want to be there. The other 2 exhibits upstairs were disjointed and didn't flow well at all. It's really amazing how well some of the items have been restored. You get to see some cool jewelery and some surprisingly preserved weapons and other artifacts. It was also AWESOME to remember the artifacts I saw on that VCR tape and see them in person, inches from my nose. Pretty cool. On the down-side, having watched the history of this salvage, I know how little was actually displayed at this museum. Where the heck did it all go? I really thought there would be a lot more there. I know that they're salvers and not archeologists, but I expected to see piles of silver bars and gold coins and chains and massive amounts of varying booty. They had replica piles of the silver bars and a small amount of gold bars on display... bleh. The slave-ship display upstairs was cool and unexpected, though. In summary, the average museum goer should instead buy a few DVD's on colonization and the Spanish Main rather than pay $24 a pop to get into this place... unless you're like me... and just can't pass it up!
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A Google User
4 years ago
I thought this museum was a little too expensive per person for what was offered. It was small and you can view everything there within a half hour.
A Google User
3 years ago
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