No actually learning more about the "thing" itself is not the enough.
The point of this forum is to consider the ways in which historical artifacts---when discovered, begin to shape and reshape discussions as to their significance, meaning, and legacy in terms of the larger historical narrative.
The forum is an attempt to consider the historical artifact in terms common to professional historians, museum curators, archivists, etc.
I was thinking more about the general public consciousness about Columbus and his time. But from the professional historians and archeologists point of view, it will be very significant. Maybe something new about technology of that time will be found (shipbuilding, etc.). Artifacts from the Native Americans would be a great find.
Do you think the discovery of Columbus' "Santa Maria"---particularly the focus on the importance of this ship and this man to the history of the Americas, might work to create some meaningful dialogue about the focus on white people and white/European "discovery" of the New World?
Is such a dialogue needed? Timely? Waste of time? Something else?