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The Center for Historical Archaeology is a non-profit scientific organization based in Melbourne, Florida. The Center provides archival research in French, English, and Spanish archives, underwater wreck sites assessment and dating, and cultural material analysis. Its mission is:

(1) to promote research in the Spanish colonial area in the fields of archival research and cultural anthropology, including archaeology and ethnohistory;

(2) to publish educational materials and research findings; and,

(3) to conduct research projects related to these purposes.

The Center's director, Dr. John de Bry, is a paleographer specializing in sixteenth- through eighteenth-century French, Spanish and English manuscripts. De Bry has conducted extensive research in French, Spanish, Cuban and English repositories for over two decades.

As an historical archaeologist, Dr. de Bry has also participated in a number of field excavation projects in the United States, the Caribbean, South America and the Philippines. He holds a Master of Arts degree in History and a Doctorate in Post-Medieval History. Click here for a curriculum vitae on Dr. de Bry.

The Center for Historical Archaeology has participated in numerous projects with a variety of organizations over the past twelve years, several of which are ongoing. Organizations include the University of Florida, Ships of Discovery at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Turks and Caicos National Museum, The Cayman Islands National Archive, the Texas Historical Commission, the State of North Carolina's Department of Cultural Resources, the State of Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the National Museum of the Philippines.

The Center is accredited with the following archival repositories:

• Archives Départementales de la Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle, France
• Archives Départementales de la Gironde, Bordeaux, France
• Archives Départementales de Loire-Atlantique, Nantes, France
• Archives Diplomatiques, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Paris, France
• Archives du Musée de la Marine, Paris, France
• Archives Nationales, Paris, France
• Archives de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
• Archives du Port de Rochefort, Rochefort, France
• Archivo General de Indias (AGI), Seville, Spain
• Archivo General de Simancas (AGS), Simancas (Valladolid), Spain
• Archivo Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
• Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, Havana, Cuba
• Biblioteca del Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística, Havana, Cuba
• Bibliothèque des Fontaines (Jesuit Archives), Chantilly, France
• Bibliothèque Forney, Paris, France
• Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, Carpentras, France
• Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France
• Bibliothèque du Musée Condé, Institut de France, Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, France
• Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
• Centre des Archives d’Outre-Mer, Aix-en-Provence, France
• The British Library, London, United Kingdom
• The British Naval Record Office, London, United Kingdom
• The Imperial War Museum, London, United Kingdom
• The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
• The New York Public Library, New York, NY
• The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, NY
• The Public Record Office (PRO), Kew, United Kingdom
• Service Historique de la Défense, Vincennes, France

The Center for Historical Archaeology was created in 1990. It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meanings of sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(A)(vi) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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For Further Information please contact:

Dr. John de Bry, Director
Center for Historical Archaeology
382 Aquarina Boulevard
Melbourne Beach, Florida  32951
USA Tel: 321 777-2559 Fax: 321 777-2559
Cell Phone:  321-795-7086



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