Center for Historical Archaeology, Melbourne, Florida.
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
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"
of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University.
July 2001 to Present.
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.
Channel, Bethesda, Maryland. January 2000 to Present.
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
Consultants, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee.
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.
of Discovery, Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History, Corpus
Christi, Texas. 1993 to Present.
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.
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.
of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 1995 to Present.
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.
- «Route 2004». 1998 to Present.
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.
Historical Commission, Austin, Texas.
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
Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Underwater Archaeology Unit.
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
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).
Islands National Archive, Cayman Islands, B.W.I. 1997 to Present.
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.
del Patrimonio Cultural de Venezuela – 1998-1999.
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.
Geographic Society – 1997.
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
del Patrimonio Cultural de Ecuador – March–May 1997
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.
Museum of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines – 1993-1995.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
1995 - The Order of the Holy Spirit: An Important
Decoration from a 1715 Plate Fleet Wreck in the Florida Historical
Quarterly, Volume LXXIV.
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,
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,
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
of the Florida Archaeological Council
Member of the Nautical Archaeology Society, Skipton, United Kingdom
Member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Williamsburg, Virginia
Member of the Florida Department of State Reserve Area Task Force since
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.