Underwater Archaeology - Meet the Team
Florida Department of State’s Bureau of Archaeological Research (http://www.flheritage.com/archaeology/) is responsible for inventorying, documenting, and managing the state’s archaeological sites, both prehistoric and historic, for the people of Florida. Archaeologists work with museums, universities, avocational archaeology groups and societies, communities, and other organizations to promote and preserve these non-renewable resources. Three archaeologists employed in the Bureau specialize in submerged cultural resources. Meet the team:
Dr. Roger C. Smith is Florida's State Underwater Archaeologist. He worked on shipwrecks throughout the Caribbean while earning his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University. Roger returned to Florida to take up the post of chief underwater archaeologist in 1987. He is the author of three books and dozens of professional and popular articles.
Franklin H. Price is from Bernard, Maine. He has a BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and an MA in maritime studies from East Carolina University. His experience in underwater archaeology includes both maritime and inundated prehistoric projects. He coordinates public outreach, dive operations, and manages the State's Underwater Archaeological Preserve program.
Lindsay S. Smith is originally from upstate New York. She joined the team in 2011 after earning her Masters in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University. Lindsay's maritime archaeology experience includes projects along both US coasts and adapting and advancing methods for ship recording. She is in charge of the team's boat fleet and equipment, networking, logistics, and maintaining the Exploration and Recovery Permits.