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Director, Center for Historical Archaeology, Melbourne, Florida.
1990-Present.

The center for Historical Archaeology is a nonprofit organization according to the meanings of sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(A)(vi) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Its purposes are (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. FID Nº 59-3054027

Université de La Rochelle & Musée du Nouveau Monde, La Rochelle, France.  May 2011 to December 2012.

Co-organizer of a landmark exhibition celebrating the 450th anniversary of the three French expeditions to Florida of 1562, 1564, and 1565 that took in La Rochelle 25 September 2012 through 31 December 2012; the expedition will travel to Florida in 2013.  Co-editor of a companion book to the exhibition, Floride, un rêve français (1562-1565), published in September 2012.

Southeastern Archaeological Reasearch, Inc. (SEARCH), Gainesville & Pensacola, Florida, for the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, Lousiana, September 2008 to september 2010.

Archival research project conducted in American, French and Spanish archival repositories, aimed at establishing a tentative inventory of historic shipwrecks in ultra-deep water up to 6,500 feet.  All documents were located, transcribed, translated and interpreted by John de Bry.  A major research report was prepared by SEARCH for BOEM in september 2011 entitled "Archival Investigations for potential Colonial-Era Shipwrecks in Ultra-Deepwater within the Gulf of Mexico (Contract M08PC20030).

History Channel 2 (HC2HD) - October to November 2010.

Archaeological expedition to île Saite-Marie, madagascar, principal investigator/chief archaeologist for the investigation/excavation of a pirate ship tentaively identified as the Fiery Dragon or Flying dragon scuttled by the pirate Christopher Condent and his crew in 1721.  A two-hour documentary was aired onSuday, November 20th, 2011 entitled "Pirate Island."  Post-production and archaeological consultant for the production company Working Joe of Los Angeles, Califormia and Phoenix, Arizona, January 2011 - October 2011.

National Geographic Society & Arts and Exhibitions International - December 2006 to May 2007.

Consultant in charge of supervising conservation, selection, assemblage and archaeological description of all artifacts for the National Geographic traveling exhibition "Real Pirates" (current), http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mission/real-pirates/ .

Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University.
July 2001 to Present.

Conducting archival research in Cuban archives, such as the Archivo Nacional de Cuba and the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí and the Biblioteca de la Sociedad Econónomica de Cuba, all three in Havana, aimed at uncovering historical data pertaining to the blockade runner Denbigh (1865), sunk off Galveston, Texas, and presently being excavated by a team of archaeologists from INA.

Discovery Channel, Bethesda, Maryland. January 2000 to Present.

Scientific consultant for the Discovery Channel. Chief Underwater Archaeologist on four expeditions to Madagascar (January-November 2000), sponsored by the Discovery Channel, to locate and investigate the wreck of the Adventure Galley (1698) abandoned by Captain William Kidd in the natural harbor of Sainte-Marie Island, off the northeast coast of Madagascar. In addition to the Adventure Galley, the wreck of the pirate ship the Fiery Dragon (1721) was also discovered and positively identified. The expeditions and findings were the subject of a major documentary, The Quest for Captain Kidd, which premiered on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, June 10, 2001. Post-production consultant, checking for accuracy in artwork depiction of time-period clothing, weapons and tools, and accuracy in historical facts, dates, and spelling and pronunciation of Malagasy proper names and place names.

(See above year 2010)  A fourth expedition to Madagascar took place in October-November 2010 and a second documentary, "Pirate Island," filmed in High Definition (HD) premiered on November 20, 2011 on H2[History Channel 2, formerly History International].

Panamerican Consultants, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee.
February 2002-Present.

Conducting archival research in Cuban archives, such as the Archivo Nacional de Cuba, the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí and the Biblioteca de la Sociedad Económica de Cuba, all three in Havana, aimed at uncovering historical data pertaining to the steamer Manuela, a Cuban-owned ship that was sunk at the mouth of the harbor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1898, to prevent American ships from entering the harbor. Archaeologists from Panamerican Consultants, Inc. have been excavating the wreck of the Manuela as well as the wreck of the Cristobal Colón, a Puerto Rican steamer scuttled along side the Manuela.

Ships of Discovery, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, Corpus Christi, Texas. 1993 to Present.

Discovery-period shipwreck site surveys and evaluation, artifact identification; Spanish colonial period shipwreck site assessment; Historical and archival research on ships of discovery (1492-1520); discovery period cartographic research; liaison with French maritime archaeologists, historians and archivists.

Turks and Caicos National Museum, Turks & Caicos Islands, B.W.I.
1994 to Present.

Conducting archival research on behalf of the Turks & Caicos National Museum in French archival repositories since 1994. Wrote three major reports on the early history and cartography of those islands. Archival research was conducted at the Archives Nationales de France, Paris, in April 2000.

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 1995 to Present.

Research Associate, archaeological excavation of Taino Indian site on Ile-à-Rat, off the north coast of Haiti, under the direction of Professor William F. Keegan, Co-Chair, Anthropology Department, Florida Museum of Natural History. Projects funded by the Heinz Foundation (June 1997), and the American Philosophical society (February 1996, June 1996). Research Associate for archaeological reconnaissance on the north coast of Haiti, under the direction of Professor William F. Keegan, Chair, Anthropology Department, Florida Museum of Natural History. Project funded by the Center for Historical Archaeology (May 1995); on-going archaeological surveys of historic and pre-historic site, north coast of Haiti. Last field excavation campaign: May 2000.

HAI/95/010 - «Route 2004». 1998 to Present.

Consulting and archaeological field work on the northeast coast of Haiti under the auspices of the Haitian Ministry of Culture, the United Nations Project Development (UNPD), and the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). The Project is aimed at identifying, investigating, and protecting terrestrial and submerged archaeological sites. The goals of the «Route 2004» Project are to resume partial excavation of the port town of Puerto Real (established in 1503), resume excavations at the En Bas Saline site to determine if it represents the village of Guacanagaric, (the Taino cacique who greeted and provided shelter to Christopher Columbus and his men following the grounding of Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria), attempt to locate the site of La Navidad and of the wreck of the Santa Maria, and establish an inventory of submerged cultural resources from the Baie de l’Acul, just west of Cape-Haitian, to the Dominican Republic border.

Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas.

Historical archaeologist and principal archival investigator for the La Salle Shipwreck Project. In July 1995, a team of researchers led by the Texas Historical Commission made one of the most remarkable underwater archaeological discoveries in decades; a 300-year-old shipwreck, the Belle, once belonging to famous French explorer La Salle. Texas State Marine Archaeologist Barto Arnold has hailed this discovery as “the earliest and most significant French vessel found in this hemisphere.” The shipwreck located in Matagorda Bay, 110 miles north of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been fully excavated and dismantled (March 1997), and the hull remains and artifacts are undergoing conservation and analysis at Texas A&M University.

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Underwater Archaeology Unit. 1999-Present.

Ongoing archival research in French archives on Site 0003BUI, suspected of being the wreck of Blackbeard’s (Howard Teach) Queen Anne’s Revenge (1718). The research is aimed at determining if the pirate ship Queen Anne’s Revenge was the French slaver la Concorde, from Nantes, Captain Pierre Dosset, captured by pirates near St. Vincent in November 1717.

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Identified an 18th-century cannon found on the wreck site of a suspected 18th-century English ship, in Kingstown Harbour, Island of St. Vincent, British West Indies, and conducted archival research aimed at identifying the wreck. This research is ongoing (2002).

Cayman Islands National Archive, Cayman Islands, B.W.I. 1997 to Present.

Ongoing archival research project. Conducting archival research on behalf of the Cayman Islands National Archive in French repositories. Located and identified the oldest known nautical chart (1530) bearing the name Cayman for those islands. Additional research was conducted in the archives of the port-city of Nantes, France, in November 1999, and in Archives Nationales, Paris, in 2000, yielding valuable historical data.

Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de Venezuela – 1998-1999.

Conducted and supervised underwater archaeological survey of the Aves Islands, 90 nautical miles off shore the coast of Venezuela, aimed at assessing the submerged cultural resources of the archipelago.

National Geographic Society – 1997.

Historical Consultant for National Geographic Magazine’s Editorial Staff on La Salle Last Voyage article in the May 1997 issue of the magazine. The article focused on the French explorer’s ill-fated expedition to the Gulf region, his failed attempt to locate the mouth of the Mississippi River and establish a colony there, and on the historic discovery and excavation of his ship in Matagorda Bay, Texas, the La Belle, by the Texas Historical Commission. Responsibilities included checking for accuracy in artwork depiction of time-period clothing, weapons and tools, and accuracy in historical facts, dates, and spelling of La Salle’s expedition members.

Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de Ecuador – March–May 1997

Officially identified the wreck of the Jesús María de la Limpia Concepción, also known as la Capitana, which Left Callao, Peru, on 18 October 1654, and subsequently lost off Chanduy Reef, Ecuador, on the 27th of October 1654. The sinking of the Capitana represented one of Spain’s biggest losses in the New World. The vast majority of the precious cargo was eventually salvaged by the Spanish Crown, and through subsequent salvage operations, both official and illicit. Identification process involved in situ recording and analysis of cultural material, and archival research at the Archivo General de Indias (AGI), in Seville, Spain.

National Museum of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines – 1993-1995.

Conducted research on behalf of the National Museum of the Philippines in French archival repositories, aimed at establishing the level of interest France had in the Philippines during the latter part of the XVIIIth-century, as well as arriving at a better understanding of French naval presence and maritime traffic in the region. Fieldwork: site evaluation and dating of shipwrecks on Panagatan Cays, Semirara Islands, Philippines.

Department of Antiquities and Museums, Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - 1981-1982

Research Associate for terrestrial and underwater archaeological surveys of Red Sea and western coast of Saudi Arabia. Test excavation of early 18th-century shipwreck at Sharm-al-Yanbu.

Publications

2012 - La perte de la flotte de Jean Ribault (1565) in Floride, un rêve français, edited by Mickaël Augeron, John de Bry, & Annick Notter, Musée du Nouveau Monde de la Rochelle, Librarie des Musées, Illustria, Deauville.

2011 - Commentary in French colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean, edited by Kenneth G. Kelly & Meridith D. Hardy, Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series, University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

2006 - Christopher Condent's fiery Dragon; Investigating an Early Eighteenth-Century Pirate Shipwreck off the Coast of Madagascar in X Marks the Spot; The Archaeology of Piracy, edited by Russel K Skowronek and Charles R. Ewen, University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

2004 - Aux origines de la Louisiane: l'archéologie des navires de Cavelier de lLa Salle (La Belle) in Champlain ou les portes du Nouveau Monde - Cinq siècles d'échanges entre le Centre-Ouest français et l'Amérique di Nord, sou la direction de Mickaël Augeron et Dominique Guillemet, Gestes éditions, La Crèche.

2001 - Discovering La Belle, in Maritime Life and Traditions, № 10, March issue, Penryn, Cornwall.

2001 - La Belle: bilan de la fouille archéologique et reconstitution, with Jean Boudriot (reconstitution) in Chasse-Marée: Histoire er Ethnologie Maritimes, № 144, July issue.

2000 - Robert Cavelier de La Salle; l'expédition de 1684 & Les trois cannons de bronze le la Belle in Cavelier de La Salle; l'Expédition de 1684 - le Belle (monograph), Jean Boudriot, Collection Archéologie Navale Française, Éditions A.N.C.R.E., Paris.

1999 - Le Secrets de La Belle, in Cols Bleus: Marine et Arsenaux, № 2494, Part I July 1999, № 2495, Part II August 1999.  Official publication of the French Navy, Édition ADDIM, Paris.

1997 - A Bronze Canon from La Belle.  1686: its construction, conservation and display in The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Donal H. Keith, Worth Carlin, & John de Bry, Volume 26, Number 2, May 1997, published for the Nautical Archaeology Society, London.

1995 - The Order of the Holy Spirit: An Important Decoration from a 1715 Plate Fleet Wreck in the Florida Historical Quarterly, Volume LXXIV.

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 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 Marine, Vincennes, France

Member of the Florida Archaeological Council
Member of the Nautical Archaeology Society, Skipton, United Kingdom
Member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Williamsburg, Virginia
Former Member of the Florida Department of State Reserve Area Task Force since February 1990.

Appointed by the Secretary of State, advised the Secretary of State on State Policy and Procedures regarding the establishment and management of underwater archaeological reserves, and the management and protection of Florida’s offshore cultural resources.

Member of the Hakluyt Society, London, United Kingdom.
Member of the Ordnance Society, Norwich, United Kingdom.
Fellow of the New York Explorers Club of New York, New York.

 
 


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