Among other things, this new discovery calls to mind the "Mardi Gras" ship, an early nineteenth-century wreck also found during oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2002. You can see some of the artifacts raised from that wreck here.
The newly-discovered wreck site may remain undisturbed for some time to come, as archaeologists consider the best way to both preserve and study the ship. In the meantime, thousands of people tuned in for a live broadcast of the first exploratory dive, marking another exciting way archaeologists and historians are using new media to engage global audiences.
NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program Photograph