[PAST EVENT] NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries: Preserving America's Maritime Heritage Resources

November 30, 2012
3:30pm - 4:30pm
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
Presenter: John Wagner, Maritime Archaeologist, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Reception at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of Watermen's Hall
Seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McHugh Auditorium

John discovered his interest in diving and maritime heritage and spent four months in Thailand working towards his Professional Association of Diving Instructors' (PADI) Divemaster Certification. He subsequently attended and graduated from East Carolina University with a Master's Degree in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, with a Thesis examining the historical and archaeological record of the Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina using theoretical approaches from the subfield of Battlefield Archaeology and geospatial theories common to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) research. His current work with NOAA has included archaeological fieldwork and diving expeditions, conducting maritime cultural landscape studies, and developing and maintaining a database and GIS of oil carrying and oil-burning vessels lost in American waters that could pose a pollution threat to the environment. John is a PADI Divemaster, a NOAA Scientific Diver, and a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Some of his interests include WWII naval engagements, battlefield archaeology, computerized ship modeling and reconstruction, GIS analyses, and archival research.

Over the course of history, countless ships and lives have been lost at sea as humans have traversed the waterways of the United States for commerce, warfare, food, adventure, and numerous other causes. Often the stories of these individuals and their ill-fated voyages were thought to be lost to history and a distant memory. Modern advances in the fields of maritime archaeology and ocean exploration, however, have made previously unexplored depths accessible, revealing new historical and archaeological sites and unlocking the great museum under the sea. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has been at the forefront of marine conservation issues ranging from the protection of ocean ecosystems to the study and management of historically significant shipwrecks and maritime heritage resources. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has been tasked with documenting and promoting the importance of the Nation's submerged cultural resources. Since the first application of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act in 1975 to designate the remains of the historic Union Ironclad USS Monitor as America's first National Marine Sanctuary, the National Marine Sanctuary System has grown into a system of 14 different sites nominated to preserve differing oceanic and Great Lake resources. Each of these sanctuaries is required to inventory and characterize all historically significant resources and properties within and around those sanctuaries. This seminar focuses on the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries exciting efforts to research and document these historically significant resources and disseminate the amazing stories of humankind's interaction with the sea to the greater public.

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