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LAMP Field School in the News

This photo was taken by St. Augustine Record reporter Daron Dean when he visited our excavation site on Friday. Also on hand were a film crew from Pepe Productions, including a Flagler College intern (with camera) and the film's director (helping steady her) working on an upcoming documentary.

We are always happy when our archaeological work gets local press attention, and last Sunday we were treated to a great front page story in the St. Augustine Record written by reporter Marcia Lane.

First of all I'll mention a few corrections. It is actually pretty common for reporters working with archaeologists to get a few facts wrong, partly due to the technical details so important to archaeologists and partly due to the always rushed deadlines facing reporters.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go read the article:

1. The University of Florida is not supervising or partnering with LAMP for this research, as was stated twice in the article. We do have one field school student who is a graduate of U.F., but other than that there are no ties to our friends over in Gainesville.

2. The research vessel Roper is on loan to LAMP by the Institute of Maritime History, not the "Institute of Maritime" as stated in the article.

3. My last name is spelled Meide, not Mead (one occurrence in article)

4. The drawing of the Jefferson Davis in the print version of this article actually depicted a topsail schooner, not a brig.

So . . . now go and read the article. Thanks to Marcia Lane and photographer Daron Dean for helping bring more attention to our field school and the maritime archaeology of our Nation's oldest port!

Comments (5)

Pretty nice post. I just came across your blog and wanted to say
that I've really liked browsing your posts. Anyway
I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

Chuck and Sam, et al:

It's the people that make our work on and in the water so interesting and enjoyable. I had a ball - it was great to dive and work with you folks. The students were an exceptionally wonderful crew.

Be well and keep diving safe.

Steve (aka Cap'n Seaweed)

You are so right, Steve. It was great getting to know you and my only regret is that I never got to try out your old-school double-hose regulator. The Field School students were fantastic, weren't they? I can't imagine a better crew. You and the film crew were great too. Until next time . . .

Neat! When does the documentary premeiere?

We are hoping that the documentary will be ready by this coming January, in time for the Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference to be held in north Florida (Amelia Island). That is an ambitious schedule, so we'll see, and stay tuned . . .

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