The USS Arizona rests in Honolulu as part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The Monument was developed to teach visitors about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II-one of the most pivotal moments in our history. The monument also preserves and interprets stories from the Pacific Theatre ranging from battles in the Aleutian islands to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans by the US government. The USS Arizona Memorial stands as a living memorial to those who died when the USS Arizona sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Archeologists have performed many tasks in examining and documenting the USS Arizona. Archeologists had to use basic technology to attempt to map out the ship without disturbing it. This included running string over the site to form a “cat’s cradle” and plotting out the site. Data collected each day was drawn onto slates and then into the map. Additionally, electronic distance-measuring instrument as well as new video technology at the time were used to assist the archeologists in the mapping. Ultimately, a detailed planimetric view was developed for the site.

For more information about the USS Arizona Memorial, visit its website. For more information about the archeological record of the site, check out this report from the University of Arizona Library.

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