Sunday, January 01, 2006

Underwater archaeologist to speak on recovery of Civil War submarine

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The Valley Times News
October, 2004

VALLEY -- The Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society will meet in the Lanier Room of Bradshaw-Chambers County Library at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 17. As always, the public is welcome to attend, and anyone interested in the study and preservation of local history is invited to become a member.

The featured speaker for the Sunday afternoon meeting will be Jason Burns, an underwater archaeologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.Burns is the first underwater archaeologist hired by the DNR's Historic Preservation Division. He comes to Georgia from Florida, where he earned his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Florida and an M.A. in history/historical archaeology from the University of West Florida. He has also served in the U.S. Navy.

Burns has worked on several high profile underwater archaeology projects, including the recovery of the Civil War submarine, the H.L.Hunley, near Charleston, S.C. and the recording of the CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He is currently involved with the underwater survey of the Chattahoochee River bed in West Point.

Burns most recently worked as the director of conservation and underwater archaeology for the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in St. Augustine, Fla.

Burns' personal research focuses on the transition from sail to steam in 19th century merchant fleets and the expansion of world commerce by shipping nations after 1849. His book, published in the Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology, The Life and Times of a Merchant Sailor and the History of the Norwegian ship Catherine details this search.

Those wishing to learn more about the H.L. Hunley in advance of the program can log onto the website http://hunley.org, sponsored by the Friends of the Hunley.

For further information, contact Cobb Memorial Archives at (334) 768-2050.


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