Submerged New World 2012 Explorers
Dr. J. M. Adovasio achieved world acclaim as an archaeologist in the 1970s with his excavation of Meadowcroft Rockshelter, 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meadowcroft has been widely recognized as the earliest well-dated archaeological site in North America, with evidence of human habitation dating to about 16,000 years ago. Dr. Adovasio received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, in 1965, and his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Utah, in 1970.
From 1972 to '73, he was a post-doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, and from 1973 to '90, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded the Cultural Resource Management Program. In 1990, Dr. Adovasio assumed the positions of chairman of the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology and director of Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute. Noteworthy in his fieldwork are the ongoing multi-disciplinary investigations at Meadowcroft Rockshelter; Mezhirich, Ukraine; Dolni Vestonice/ Pavlov, Czech Republic; and Caesarea, Israel.
During his 37-year career, he has specialized in the analysis of perishable material culture (basketry, textiles, cordage, etc.) and the application of “high tech” methods in archaeological research, particularly in closed site contexts (i.e., caves and rockshelters). He has published nearly 400 books, monographs, articles, and technical papers on subjects related to these topics, and presents regularly at national and international meetings.
Adovasio has made multiple presentations on the expedition’s progress in the past year, including an address to The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C., as part of a program on “Underwater Settlements: Our New Frontier;” and at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, Calif.
Dr. Thomas Loebel is an archaeologist working at the Saint Xavier University. His research interests include Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene archaeology, hunter-gather adaptations, stone tool technology and microwear analysis, underwater archaeology, and remote sensing. His research over the last decade has been aimed at exploring issues surrounding the colonization of the New World, and he has excavated at and worked on Paleoindian sites from across North America.
This is his fourth year of involvement in the Exploring Submerged New World project.
Smith, a native of Hanover, Pa., is a 2003 graduate of Mercyhurst’s anthropology program. She earned her master’s degree in anthropology with a concentration in historic/maritime archaeology from East Carolina University. Her thesis focused on the analysis of cask material from 17th through 19th century shipwrecks. She is a passionate archaeologist with research interest in both submerged prehistoric and historic sites. Currently, she is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and works in the private Cultural Resources Management sector of AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana.This is her third year of involvement in the Exploring Submerged New World project.
Valeo Films Inc. As a television personality, technical diver and underwater cameraman, David’s passion for his work and his continued outstanding performance as an Underwater Director of Photography, AD, UPM, Writer, Director and Producer have earned him the respect of his colleagues as well as the industry at large. Undersea Expeditionary Video Services, the newest division of Valeo Films, specializes in expedition-style underwater film and video production. Its current projects emphasize the technical, deep underwater content for which the company has established a proven performance record. David co-hosted “The Quest for Sunken Warships,” a special series for Discovery Networks’ Military Channel. His work was more recently featured on episodes of “Mystery Quest,” a series for History Channel. Within the scuba diving industry Mr. Ulloa contributes to many leading publications including Alert Diver Magazine, Advanced Diver Magazine and Beyond Blue.
Ben Wells received his BA in anthropology, with a concentration in archaeology and a history minor, from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2010. He plans to pursue underwater archaeology at the graduate level. Recently, he served as a teacher’s assistant at the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute’s field school in Taos, New Mexico, and worked as an excavator at several historic and prehistoric sites throughout the United States. Before working on the 2009 Exploring the Submerged New World project, he had been leaning toward further studies concerned with historic matter but has since broadened his scope to include submerged prehistoric work.
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