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In Search of Virginia’s Maritime Heritage

August 24, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

FREE and open to the public

Come hear how the Commonwealth has been shaped by its many waterways!

Did you know a portion of the first fort built at Jamestown eroded into the James River? And, that the York River holds more than a dozen ships sunk during the Battle of Yorktown in 1781, the last major battle of the American Revolution?

On Saturday, August 24, The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) will present an insightful and illuminating seminar at The Mariners’ Museum and Park about how Virginia’s extensive network of bays and rivers has influenced and continues to impact the lives and commerce of Commonwealth citizens over the past 400 years.

DHR will delve into various topics and discussions, including how the use of Virginia’s bays, rivers, and tributaries has changed over time; how underwater archaeologists extract history from beneath the waters; and so much more.

Attendees will also learn from DHR about exciting and educational new opportunities to participate in the state’s efforts to discover, research, manage, and protect its many and varied underwater archaeological sites. The seminar is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged as seating may be limited.

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Seminar Presenters

John D. Broadwater, Acting State Underwater Archaeologist

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Patrick Brendan Burke, Associate Director of Archaeological Research

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Della Scott-Ireton, Associate Director, Florida Public Archaeology Network

University of West Florida

Bruce Terrell, Archaeologist/Historian, Maritime Heritage Program

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

This program was supported by a grant from Virginia Humanities. Click here for more information about the seminar.

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August 24, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222