Reinaldo dos Santos Barroso Junior
Reinaldo dos Santos Barroso Junior is an Assistant Professor of State University of Piauí and contributor professor of State University of Maranhão, Coordinator of NEAFRICA (Núcleo de Estudos, Pesquisa e Extensão sobre África e o Sul Global) and Research Associate of Slave Wrecks Project.
Justine Benanty serves as Associate Researcher and Project Coordinator for the Slave Wrecks Project at George Washington University. She began her work in maritime archaeology when she joined the project in 2010, and has since conducted archival research in various international institutions and participated in excavations in Florida and South Africa. She is also the outreach liaison for Diving With a Purpose, where she serves as an Instructor, Mentor, and Archaeologist for the Youth Diving with a Purpose program.
Dr. David Conlin
Dr. David Conlin is the Chief of the Submerged Resources Center at the National Park Service. After undergraduate work in anthropology and archaeology at Reed College in Portland Oregon, Dave received a master’s degree from Oxford University in Aegean and underwater archeology and then followed this with a Ph.D. in anthropology and archeology from Brown University. Upon the completion of his Ph.D. in 2009 Dave travelled with his classmate Steve Lubkemann, to Mozambique to look at the shipwrecks around Ihla de Mozambique and from this initial trip the Slave Ships Project was born. After the Mozambique trip, Dave took a National Park Service underwater archeologist position on detail to the United States Navy in Washington DC. While with the Navy he helped plan and execute the recovery of the world’s first successful combat submarine, the Confederate submersible H.L. Hunley-lost off Charleston South Carolina in 1864. Following the Hunley project Dave moved to Santa Fe to join the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center. In March of 2009 the Submerged Resources Center moved from Santa Fe New Mexico to Lakewood Colorado. Since 2009, the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center has been a principal contributor to the Slave Ships Project for technical capacity, equipment, training, remote sensing survey, and training opportunities both in Africa and in the United States.
Dr. Paul Gardullo
Dr. Gardullo is a historian and Museum Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. His research focuses on the study of cultural memories of slavery in various contexts and locations. As the representative for one of Slave Wreck Project’s core partners, he participates in all facets of Project planning, research and operations, but brings a perspective to the team that is particularly focused on museum interpretation and display for a wide public audience.
John Gribble is the Manager of the Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit at the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). SAHRA is the national heritage agency in South Africa and is one of the founding partners in the Southern African Slave Wrecks Project. John has been involved in the project since its inception in the early 2000s, as a member of the Advisory Board while he was based in the UK for a number of years, and more recently, since he’s been back at SAHRA, as a member of the project team.
Jay Haigler is a Lead Instructor and a Director for the Diving With a Purpose program. In 2009, The United States Department of Interior awarded DWP with the “Take Pride In America National Award” in the Public Private Partnership category. He is a member of Underwater Adventure Seekers, is a NOAA Scientific Diver, and a NABS Foundation Scientific Diver. A graduate of the Catholic University of America, with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering, Jay enjoys the technical aspects of underwater archaeology, but his passion for teaching has paid dividends for many curious but reluctant prospects in the Youth Diving With Purpose program.
Dr. Meredith Hardy
Dr. Meredith Hardy is an archaeologist at the National Park Service’s South-east Archeological Center. For over 15 years, she has conducted research into the lives of enslaved African Americans and maritime cultural heritage across the Gulf Coast, south-eastern United States, and the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was a part of the interdisciplinary team that conducted the feasibility study for the proposed St. Croix National Heritage Area.
Dr. A. José Jones
Dr. A. José Jones is currently a Director of the Diving With a Purpose program. is trained as a marine biologist, Dr. Jones has spent over 50 years educating and protecting the marine ecosystems and the cultural heritage throughout the world. He is an academician, earning his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Georgetown University. He has been a Professor of Marine Science. He has logged over 6,000 dives worldwide and certified over 2,000 divers. These achievements have earned him the scuba diving industry’s highest awards: Rolex Diver of the year from DAN (Divers Alert Network) and the Reaching Out Award from DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marking Association). This year he will be inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.
Dr. Stephen C. Lubkemann
Dr. Stephen C. Lubkemann has done extensive fieldwork in Mozambique, in South Africa, and with African refugees and Diasporas in Europe and the U.S. Although trained as a cultural anthropologist, he has participated in many maritime archaeology projects. He has received research grants from the United States Institute for Peace, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, Ford Foundation, among others. He is also a full-time Associate Professor at The George Washington University.
Vanessa Maitland is a Maritime Archaeologist with the African Centre for Heritage Activities. She is currently doing her M.A. on the Barrel Wreck in Table Bay, Cape Town, a wreck site of a wooden wreck containing cannon, muskets, lead ingots etc. She is also working as magnetometer operator for SWP in Mozambique and Table Bay, as well as working on other projects involving public awareness and education.
Dr. David W. Morgan
Dr. David W. Morgan is the Director of the National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center, or “SEAC.” Morgan joined SEAC in 2009, after having served as the Chief of Archeology and Collections at the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. Before joining NCPTT, Morgan was an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he was also the Assistant Director of a university-based archeological research and contract program. His research in archeology focuses on the prehistoric and historic southeastern United States, where he has carried out field projects in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Morgan holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University, an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama, and a B.A. in English from Millsaps College.
Decius Muianga has a Masters in Archaeology from the University of Witwatersrand (2013) and and a degree in History and Archaeology by universities Eduardo Mondlane and Witwatersrand, respectively. Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University Eduardo, his professional career includes prospecting work, excavation and preparation of archaeological management plans in Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. He also worked on the assembly Museum and Manica Cultural Centre. Its ongoing research is dedicated to the documentation and interpretation of Rock Art and Age of Superior Stone in central and northern Mozambique.
Susanna Pershern is an Audio Visual Specialist for the Submerged Resources Center, National Park Center. She learned to dive in the US Virgin Islands when she was working as Museum Curator for the Virgin Islands National Park. Her background includes training as a traditional fine art photographer (and her work may be seen here).
Kamau Sadiki is a Lead Instructor of Diving With A Purpose, one of the partnering organizations for SWP. He has worked with the Slave Wrecks Project, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and IZIKO Museums, as the lead DWP representative, on the Sao Jose shipwreck project off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa in February 2015 and February 2014. DWP and Slave Wrecks Project are strategic partners in underwater archaeology surveys. In addition to being a Lead Instructor in the DWP program, he is a NOAA Scientific Diver, a Blue Card National Park Service Diver, and a NABS Foundation Scientific Divers. He is also a PADI certified Divemaster.
Dr. George Schwarz
Dr. George Schwarz is a maritime archaeologist and archaeological conservator for the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB). His work involves naval ship and aircraft research, site survey and excavation, dive safety, artifact conservation, laboratory and collections management, and historic preservation policy for US Navy’s submerged cultural resources. Dr. Schwarz is involved in the development and instruction of the SWP Maritime Archaeological Conservation Workshop.
Jonathan Sharfman is the Director of the African Centre for Heritage Activities as well as a maritime archaeologist working in sub-Saharan Africa. He established the African Centre for Heritage Activities (ACHA), a heritage NGO that does development and capacity building work around Africa in 2013 after. ACHA also carries out excavations, undertakes heritage and archaeological impact assessments and acts as a centre for researchers and research into all things heritage. It assists researchers to access funding and international networks of experts and co-ordinates global projects aimed at developing heritage, capacity and economies. Jonathan has been associated with the SWP began his association with the SWP in 2005 when he became manager of the South African Heritage Resources Agency’s Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit and has assisted in various capacities in South Africa and Mozambique.
Michael Smith is the developer and researcher for the Slave Wreck Project Database, a relational dataset that contains information on 1007 wrecked slave ships across Africa, Europe, North and South America. His Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded PhD focuses on the role and uses of copper-alloys in the British slave trade and uses archival research combined with pXRF analyses of copper-alloy objects taken across Ghana and the UK. He is currently finishing up his PhD at Newcastle University, on his thesis Studying the life cycle of the British slave trade (1680 – 1807): A ‘life histories’ approach to metal trade goods. He completed an AHRC funded MLitt in 2011 which focused on locating the wrecks of British slave shipwrecks around the world using archival data and joined the Slave Wrecks Project on the basis of this research in 2013.
Kenneth Stewart is Co-founder of Diving With a Purpose (DWP) and Youth Diving With a Purpose and serves as program director of both. He is a native of New York. Educated in the public school system, he says had no choice but to graduate owing to parents that were serious about his education. At the end of high school he was drafted into the US Army and served one tour in Vietnam. Ken serves as Program Director, scheduler, mentor and spokesperson for Tennessee Aquatic Project. He is responsible for also planting the seeds for the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and Youth Educational Summit (NABS YES).
Dr. Ricardo Teixeira Duarte
Dr. Ricardo Teixeira Duarte, Mozambican, Liss. Archaeology – Uppsala University, Sweden, specialization domains and experience: African Archaeology – Mozambique, Underwater Archaeology, Heritage Management, Underwater heritage protection, Scientific dissemination, teacher and researcher in archaeology at Eduardo Mondlane University – Archaeology Department, UNESCO specialist in ICUCH (International Comity for underwater cultural heritage, UNESCO –ICOMOS), collaborator of the project “Southern African Slave Wrecks and Heritage Route ” in Mozambique.
Yolanda Teixeira Duarte
Yolanda Teixeira Duarte, Mozambican, with university graduation in Political Science and International Relations, ISCSP and Lusíada University, Portugal, technical assistant in archaeological survey projects, diver, collaborator of the Archaeology and Anthropology Department – Eduardo Mondlane University in the maritime archaeology, rescue archaeology and museology chairs, associated researcher at George Washington University/ Smithsonian in the project “Southern African Slave Wrecks and Heritage Route”. Archival research in Portugal and Mozambique.
Dr. Ibrahima Thiaw
Dr. Ibrahima Thiaw is the director of the archaeology laboratory of IFAN, a research institute based at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar. He received a Ph. D. in Anthropology from Rice University Houston, Texas, USA since 1999. He holds a Master degree in History from the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar Senegal. Over the past fifteen years, he ran several research programs on sites associated to Atlantic slavery and European colonisation including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Goree Island Senegal, to collect comparative data on patterns of enslavement and impacts on local communities. He conducted several heritage management projects in Senegal, Guinée, Guinée Bissau, Sierra Leone, Congo,etc. His publications focus primarily on the Atlantic impact and culture heritage management.
Tara Van Niekerk
Tara Van Niekerk is a maritime archaeologist, working as a heritage officer at the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Ms. Van Niekerk first got involved with the Slave Wrecks project in 2009 whilst working for IZIKO Museums. Since then she has been assisting in documenting and mapping shipwreck sites that form part of the project.
Heather Wares is a South African historian whose interest in maritime and public history has led her to the field of maritime archaeology. Her involvement with the African Slave Wrecks Project started in 2011. Since then, she has worked for the project in her capacity as field worker, administrator and researcher, under organizations such as the African Centre for Heritage Activities (ACHA). Most recently she was contracted to the IZIKO Museums of South Africa primarily as a skipper, archaeological diver and historical researcher. Currently she is fulfilling these duties in her capacity as Heritage Officer with the MUCH Unit of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).
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