August 25, 2014

Museum will present underwater
heritage symposium on Sept 5-6

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium, bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields.  The symposium takes place at the museum in Hatteras village on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts who bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface.

North Carolina Maritime Museum System Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer, opens the symposium that covers a wide variety of topics, including near-shore and offshore shipwreck diving, laws protecting underwater cultural heritage, technologies for marine science and ocean exploration and recreational diving technology.

Discover what it takes to manage beach wrecks in the digital age and how state budget cuts affect that process and learn about educational opportunities such as the Nautical Archaeology Society Training Initiative and Maritime Heritage Education Programs.

The symposium is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

The program to the two days is:

September 5, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

10 a.m. Opening Remarks, Joseph K. Schwarzer. Schwarzer is the Director of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System, which includes the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport. As an early participant in the field of nautical archaeology, Schwarzer worked on major projects in Italy, the United States, and Turkey. He is the current Chair of the North Carolina Maritime History Council.

10:15 a.m. The Value of Maritime Archaeological Heritage and Cultural Capital of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Calvin Mires. Mires is the Staff Archaeologist for the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

11 a.m. Diving the U-85, Jim Bunch. Bunch is a professional diver and the Recreational Diving Chair for NOAA’s Monitor Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. He is the author of two books, "Diving the U-85" and "U-85: Shadow in the Sea, a Diver’s Reflections." Bunch received the Scuba Schools International Pro5000 award in 1994 for making 5,000 dives. 

11:45 a.m. Scour, Burial, and Preservation of Shipwrecks, Jesse McNinch. McNinch is a Research Oceanographer at the US Army Corp of Engineers Field Research Facility in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. His focus is coastal morphodynamics, storm-related beach erosion, and coastal flooding.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Break

1:30 p.m. Managing Beach Wrecks in the Day of Digital Media and State Budget Cuts, Nathan Henry. Henry is the Assistant State Archaeologist for the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch, which oversees Underwater Archaeology, Artifact Conservation, and Environmental Review (Land and Underwater). Since 1998, he has been involved with documentation and monitoring of wrecks found along the North Carolina Beaches.

2:15 p.m. Queen Anne’s Revenge Project, John W. Morris III. Morris serves as the Deputy State Archaeologist-Underwater for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology. As a nautical archaeologist, he has directed numerous projects in both the United States and abroad including the first maritime archaeological research project conducted in St. Augustine, Florida.

3 p.m. Battle of the Atlantic, Joseph Hoyt. Hoyt is a NOAA maritime archaeologist for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and is the Principal Investigator for the Battle of the Atlantic Project. He has worked on several NOAA projects in the Thunder Bay, Florida Keys and Monitor National Marine Sanctuaries. An underwater photographer and technical diver, Hoyt has crewed documentary expeditions on BBC's Planet Earth and PBS.

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks, Joseph K. Schwarzer

September 5, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10 a.m. Opening Remarks, Joseph K. Schwarzer

10:15 a.m. Diving Outer Banks Wrecks, Marc Corbett.  Corbett is an experienced diver knowledgeable about the Graveyard of the Atlantic. He has been diving for more than 20 years and currently is in the process of researching and writing a book on the shore wrecks of the Outer Banks. He also writes articles on wrecks he has identified.

11 a.m. Laws Protecting Underwater Cultural Heritage off the Coast of North Carolina, Ole Varmer. Varmer is Attorney-Adviser for the International Section of the Office of the General Council for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is primarily responsible for providing advice on the subject areas involving the law of the sea, biological diversity, heritage (natural and cultural), jurisdiction, zones, and boundaries in the marine environment.

11:45 a.m. A Brief Look at Emerging Technologies for Marine Science and Ocean Exploration, Past and Present, Doug Kesling. Kesling is a private contractor specializing in advanced diving systems and advanced diver training. Doug worked for the NOAA Undersea Research Center at the Center for Marine Science (CMS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and served as the manager of the Advanced Diving Technology Program, which integrated into NOAA's new Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 p.m. Recreational Diving Technology, Pam Landrum. Landrum is a NAUI instructor and a biologist with a background as a Naturalist with the National Park Service. She operates Roanoke Island Outfitters in Manteo, North Carolina and is the author of Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina.

2:15 p.m. Nautical Archaeological Research in Carteret County, David Moore. Moore is the Curator of Nautical Archaeology at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.  He served as project archeologist for the team that excavated the wreck of the slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, and has appeared in the documentary Real Pirates of the Caribbean, the Pirates episode of Biography and on the Pirate Tech episode of Modern Marvels.

3 p.m. The Nautical Archaeology Society Training Initiative in NC, Nathan Richards. Richards is the Program Head of the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute’s Maritime Heritage Program.  He holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where he has taught classes in the history, theory, method, and ethics of maritime archaeology, field schools, and cultural heritage management.

3:45 p.m. UNC-CSI’s Maritime Heritage Education Programs, John McCord. McCord is the Education Programs Coordinator for University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute. He is responsible for communicating the research, projects, and activities of the institute to a range of audiences through a variety of education and outreach methods. McCord serves as the primary videographer on the Battle of the Atlantic Expedition

4:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks, Joseph K. Schwarzer

For more information, call 252-986-2995 or e-mail [email protected]. Visit the website at

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Drive near the ferry docks in Hatteras village. It is open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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