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Underwater Archaeology

Dr. Frederick Hanselmann, Faculty and Director 

Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society,
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science,
University of Miami

Dr. Frederick Hanselmann of the University of Miami shares his experiences and the tools he uses to explore and investigate historic shipwrecks in marine environments around Florida and the Caribbean.

Thursday April 8, 2021 at 1:30 PM EST

Supplemental Educational Content:

[VIDEO SHORT]  University of Miami – Exploring Shipwrecks in the Caribbean
[READING]  Atlas Obscura – How a Secret Map Brought Down a Pirate Alliance on the Irish Coast
[LESSONS]  NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research – Marine Archaeology
[LESSON]  NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries – Mock Shipwreck: An Exercise in Maritime Archaeology
[LESSONS]  NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research – Exploring the Submerged New World
[RESOURCE LIBRARY]  NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary – For Teachers
[LESSONS]  Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration – Valor in the Atlantic Teacher Resources
[LESSONS]  Florida Aquarium – Underwater Archaeology Curriculum Project

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Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann is an underwater archaeologist, part of the Exploration Sciences Program and directs the Underwater Archaeology Program at the University of Miami. His exploration and research ranges from submerged prehistoric deposits in springs and caves to historic Latin American and Caribbean shipwrecks, including the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, abandoned by Captain Kidd off of Hispaniola in 1699. Fritz led the first archaeological survey off the mouth of Panama’s Chagres River and directed the Río Chagres Maritime Landscape Study and Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project. He is a principal investigator on the Monterrey Shipwreck Project in the Gulf of Mexico, and is co-director of the Lost Ships of Cortés Project in Mexico. He is a GUE cave and technical diver, SCUBA instructor, Nautical Archaeology Society Tutor and Explorer’s Club Fellow. Fritz holds Masters degrees in Anthropology and Public Affairs and a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University. He focuses on capacity building and training for archaeologists and heritage managers in less developed countries and marine protected areas and underwater preserve development. He’s widely featured by media, including National Geographic, Sundance and Travel Channels, and Sundance and South By Southwest Film Festivals.

Ocean Expert Exchange is a live educational webinar series featuring experts in marine science and technology, many of whom have participated in expeditions onboard R/V ANGARI. The 30-minute live events welcome audiences of all ages and include a presentation on the speaker’s area of expertise followed by Q&A with participants. The series is co-hosted by ANGARI Foundation and the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute’s Scientist in Every Florida School program.

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