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LAMP Events

March 17, 2014

3/18/2014: Lecture--How Greek Traditions Transformed St. Augustine's Waterfront

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Lecture, "How Greek Traditions Transformed the Waterfront"
Who: Brendan Burke, LAMP Archaeologist
When: Tuesday March 18th, 2014, at 7 pm
Where: Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King Street, St. Augustine
How much: Free admission, seating is limited

LAMP's own Brendan Burke will be presenting the final of four lectures in the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute's series "St. Augustine's Forgotten People." Be sure to show up early, they fill the room and have to turn folks away.

March 16, 2014

3/17/2014 Radio Interview: Chuck Meide on Florida Frontiers

Posted by: Chuck Meide

When I was in Cocoa Beach on March 7th to speak to the Florida Historical Society about our excavations on the 1782 Loyalist shipwreck (the Storm Wreck), FHS Director Ben Brotemarkle asked if I could sit down for a brief interview for their radio show, Florida Frontiers. I talked about our excavations on the Storm Wreck, and also fielded some questions on our upcoming search for the lost French fleet of 1565, and the ongoing controversial new theory that Fort Caroline is actually located somewhere in Georgia, not in Jacksonville.

Tune in to Florida Frontiers this Monday, March 17, at 6:30 pm on 89.9 WJCT (the Jacksonville station). It can be heard in many other NPR stations across Florida as well (click the link to Florida Frontiers to see where else it is airing, or to hear it online).

March 6, 2014

LAMP Boatworks 2014 Boat Drawing Winner!

Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner

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This year’s lucky winner of the LAMP Boatworks 2014 wooden boat drawing is Dianne Bay of the Cape Canaveral area. Her lucky winning Ticket is No. 1030. Dianne has until March 31st, to claim her prize!

March 4, 2014

3/7/14: Lecture, "The Excavation of the Storm Wreck, a Loyalist Refugee Ship Lost During the American Revolution"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Lecture "The Excavation of the Storm Wreck, a Loyalist Refugee Ship Lost During the American Revolution"
When: Friday March 7th at 7pm
Where: Library of Florida History, 435 Brevard Ave, Historic Cocoa Village
Who: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director

I will be presenting at the first event sponsored by the newly formed Florida Historical Society Archaeological Institute in Cocoa Beach this Friday night. If you are in the area, come check it out! Click below to see other lectures they have scheduled for Archaeology Month!

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March 1, 2014

Lecture: The Recovery of a WWII bomber in Loch Ness

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Lecture, titled “The Loch Ness Wellington Bomber: The Story of the 1985 Recovery of a World War 2 Aircraft from Nessie's Water”

When: Tuesday, March 5th at 3:30

Where: Anastasia Island Branch Library

Who: Joseph "Zarr" W. Zarzynski, RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists)

Zarr is a friend and colleague, a volunteer, and a big supporter of LAMP and the Lighthouse. On Tuesday, March 5th at 3:30 he is presenting a talk at the Anastasia Island Branch Library. Read more about it below the fold . .

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January 22, 2014

1/25-26/14: Sea Your History Event: Celebrating French History in St. Augustine

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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The French arrive in Florida, from Theodor de Bry, Grand Voyages (1591)

Join us this weekend, Saturday January 25 - Sunday January 26 at the Lighthouse for our ongoing Sea Your History event! This weekend the focus is on French history and culture.

Our guest of honor is Dr. John de Bry, the Director of the Center for Historical Archaeology and an expert on French colonial archaeology and historical documents. On Sunday, Dr. de Bry and LAMP Director Chuck Meide will be available to meet the public from 3 pm to 4 pm at a table displaying a collection of rare French shipwreck artifacts, and they will present a lecture entitled "The French Fleet of 1565: Collision of Empires." This will focus on the French settlement attempt at Fort Caroline and Ribault’s colonization fleet which attacked St. Augustine and was wrecked in a storm south of our coast. Dr. de Bry and Meide will provide historical context for the well-known Theodor de Bry engravings, present the documentary research related to the lost fleet carried out in the French archives, and provide an update for LAMP’s search for these lost ships, scheduled to begin July 2014. Dr. de Bry is a direct descendant of Theodor de Bry, whose iconic engravings have brought the French settlement attempt to life for the rest of the world from the 16th century to the present day.

During and after Sunday's archaeological events (3 pm to 6 pm) there will be a French wine tasting courtesy of PRP Wines of Jacksonville!

Read below the fold for the full schedule of both Saturday's and Sunday's events!

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November 6, 2013

6/11/2013: "Shrimp Boat City" book launching

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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April 10, 2013

2013 Maritime Archaeology Field School

Posted by: Chuck Meide


Check out this video we made showing students in the 2010 LAMP Field School raising a cauldron from the 1782 "Storm Wreck."

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Students in the 2012 Field School preparing for another "day at the office."

The 2013 Field School in Maritime Archaeology will run from May 27 to June 21, 2013. Each year LAMP sponsors this internationally acclaimed opportunity for training in maritime and underwater archaeology. Students from universities across the U.S. and abroad will learn these specialized skills by working side by side with LAMP archaeologists. Participants will be instructed in scientific diving procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, the use of hydraulic probes and induction dredges, marine remote sensing survey and analysis (magnetometer & side scan sonar), artifact collection and documentation and basic conservation laboratory methodology. The field school will also host an evening lecture series with field school instructors and visiting professionals from various public, private and academic institutions throughout Florida.

Follow the links below for more information, or continue reading after the fold . . .

Click here to see the official webpage for the 2013 Field School, with complete information on activities, lodging, applications, paperwork, etc.

Click here to see an article on last year's field school in the Jacksonville newspaper, the Florida Times Union.

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April 9, 2013

LAMP and UNF Partner in Historic Shipbuilding Class

Posted by: Brendan Burke


Almost there! Class participants (minus one student) show off their progress.

This spring LAMP has partnered with the University of North Florida to teach a class called The History of Shipbuilding. LAMP's Sam Turner teaches the Tuesday lecture and Brendan Burke teaches a Thursday lab. In the class students are learning about vessel construction from the times of the ancient Phoenicians to our nuclear navy. On Thursdays the students meet in the lab and have been working to learn how to properly construct a ship's half model. The process of learning how to build a half model is an invaluable part of learning how vessels are designed and how the complex lines of a boat interact with water, gravity, and motion. A secondary part of the class is learning to use some basic hand tools that require the user to go slowly and think about the pending accomplishment. As we are about to wrap up the class I thought I'd offer some commentary on how it has progressed.

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November 16, 2012

11/16-17/2012: Sea Your History Weekend

Posted by: Chuck Meide

We are having our first Sea Your History Weekend starting Friday November 16 with events on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday at 3:00 there is a Lost Ships Archaeo Tour lead by Chuck Meide, Director of LAMP. Paul Johnston, the Curator of Maritime Archaeology from the Smithsonian will also be on hand. Folks can buy tickets on our website or at the counter for $24.00.

Paul Johnston will be joining the Tower Club Haunted Pub Crawl as well on Friday evening at 7:00 PM. Join us for a night of spirits and . . . more spirits! Those who buy these tickets will get in for the lecture on Saturday as well.

Saturday at 6:30 AM Kathleen McCormick, Lighthouse & Museum Director of Collections, will be hosting a Sunrise Tour. Come watch the sunrise from the best view in town!

Saturday at 9:00 AM until around 1:00 PM there will be a boatbuilding demonstration. This is free with paid admission so come by and check out our boatbuilders planking a traditional flat-bottomed spritsail skiff!

Saturday at 11:00 AM Paul Johnston, underwater archaeologist from the Smithsonian Institution, will present on the history of maritime archaeology at the Smithsonian. This event is free with admission.

Sea Your History is a series of weekend events that is being paid for by a grant from the Tourist Development Council.

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September 19, 2012

9/19/2012 Lecture: Atlantic World Impact of African Religions on Christianity

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Lecture, Atlantic World Impact of African Religions on Christianity
Who: Dr. John Sensbach
Where: Anastasia Gallery (upstairs Keepers' House), St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
When: Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm

On September 19th, Dr. John Sensbach of the University of Florida will share examples of the Atlantic World Impact of African Religions on Christianity, both in the alterations of worship habits and the cultural impact of Europeans and Americans. This is funded by the Florida Humanities The time is from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Anastasia Gallery at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.

September 15, 2012

9/15-16/2012: "Sea Your History" Weekend

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Sea Your History Weekend Schedule

Saturday September 15, 2012

10:00
Archaeology Under the Sea (ArcheoTour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)

11:00

VIP Lightkeeper’s Tour - (Behind the Scenes Tour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)

Building Maritime History Fountain of Youth)

2:00
Archaeology Under the Sea – (ArcheoTour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)
VIP Lightkeeper’s Tour (Behind the Scenes Tour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)


Building Maritime History – .(Fountain of Youth)

4:00-6:00 Bienvenidos! Welcome Happy Hour Concert – Celebrate the Sounds of the Southeast (GTMNERR)

6:30 to 8:30 Sunset by the Sea – Sunset Kayak Experience (GTMNERR)


Sunday, September 16, 2012
10:00
Archaeology Under the Sea – (ArcheoTour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)

11:00

VIP Lightkeeper’s Tour - (Behind the Scenes Tour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)

Building Maritime History (Fountain of Youth)
2:00
Archaeology under the Sea – (ArcheoTour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)

VIP Lightkeeper’s Tour - (Behind the Scenes Tour - St. Augustine Lighthouse)

Building Maritime History (Fountain of Youth)

August 25, 2012

2012 Crab Trap Roundup & Waterway Cleanup!

Posted by: Brendan Burke


CLICK ON THE POSTER TO SEE IT FULL SIZE!!!

As a sentinel of our waterways the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is proud to announce the 2012 Crab Trap Roundup and Waterway Cleanup! This event, hosted by the Tower Club, a support organization of the Lighthouse, will leave our waterways cleaner, happier, and healthier. See the poster for details and we hope to see you out there on the waters this Saturday! Don't forget too, that there is an informational Captain's Meeting at Conch House Marina on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm.

Many thanks to our sponsors, especially the Florida Inland Navigation District, the St. Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District, and Conch House Marina & Resort!!

The waterways are divided into three zones with a boat ramp designated for trash collection at each ramp. The northern zone's ramp is the Usina Boat Ramp, the central zone's ramp is the Lighthouse Boat Ramp, and the southern zone's ramp is the Butler Boat Ramp. Click on the maps below the fold to see each zone.

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August 13, 2012

8/27-31/2012 Artifact Conservation Workshop

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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CONSERVATION WORKSHOP

What Does a Student Learn in the Workshop?

This weeklong workshop is designed to introduce students to the fields of archaeological conservation (including maritime or waterlogged artifacts) and museum conservation. Each student will spend time in lectures and laboratory practicum to learn about and expand their skills with artifact analysis, treatment, and stabilization techniques. From setting up treatment systems to learning the process of recording treatment phases, students are directly involved in the learning process. At the end of the workshop students will have gained a working knowledge of treatment techniques and methods for a variety of common organic, ceramic, and metal artifacts. This workshop has value for students who are considering entering the conservation world as well as professionals or avocationals interested in gaining an understanding of post-excavation conservation. Lectures and processes are designed to apply to both professional audiences as well as continuing education for those with little or no previous background in the fields of chemistry, conservation, museum studies, or archaeology.

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July 15, 2012

7/15-20/2012 Sonar Workshop

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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UPDATE: The 2012 Sonar Training Workshop was a great success! Class participants not only learned the basics of deploying and using the sonar in the field, of crunching data and manipulating and mosaicking sonar imagery, but they actually discovered a new archaeological site in the form of an old 19th century anchor! If you are interested in this training experience, contact us and let us know, we can arrange customized dates to fit your schedule.

Sonar Training Workshop (July 15-20 2012)

This class will indoctrinate the student on the basic principles of archaeological underwater survey using sidescan sonar technology. Through the one-week course, a series of classroom and field experiences will demonstrate and directly involve students in the procedures of establishing a survey plan and enacting it. After learning how to gather data, then collecting it, students will learn how to mosaic sidescan imagery and create a deliverable product used for analysis and presentation. By the end of the course, each student will have operated a sidescan sonar, used it to identify underwater features, and helped compile an acoustic survey report.

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June 4, 2012

2012 Underwater Archaeology Field School

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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The 2012 Field School in Maritime Archaeology will run from June 4 to June 29, 2012. Each year LAMP sponsors this internationally acclaimed opportunity for training in maritime and underwater archaeology. Students from universities across the U.S. and abroad will come to learn these specialized skills by working side by side with LAMP archaeologists. Participants will be instructed in scientific diving procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, the use of hydraulic probes and induction dredges, marine remote sensing survey and analysis (magnetometer & side scan sonar), artifact collection and documentation and basic conservation laboratory methodology. The field school will also host an evening lecture series with field school instructors and visiting professionals from various public, private and academic institutions throughout Florida.

Follow the links below for more information, or continue reading after the fold . . .

Click here to see the official webpage for the 2012 Field School, with complete information on activities, lodging, applications, paperwork, etc.

Click here to see an article on the field school in the Jacksonville newspaper, the Florida Times Union.

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April 30, 2012

5/1/2012: SAAA Meeting and Lecture (LAMP Research Update)

Posted by: Chuck Meide

When: Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00pm
What: St. Augustine Archaeological Association Meeting & Lectures by Local Archaeologists
Where: the Flagler Room, Flagler College
Who:Chuck Meide (Director, LAMP), Robin Moore (St. Johns County Historic Resources Specialist), and Sarah Miller (Florida Public Archaeology Network, Northeast Regional Director)

Join us for the St. Augustine Archaeological Association's last meeting before breaking for the summer! We'll hear from three local archaeologists: Chuck Meide of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, St. Johns County Historic Resources Specialist Robin Moore, and FPAN Northeast Director Sarah Miller! Each will be providing their annual update overviewing the results of their program's research in the last year.
This event is free and open to the public.

April 26, 2012

4/26/2012 Volunteer Barbeque and Introduction to our New Volunteer Coordinator, Loni Wellman

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Volunteer Appreciation Barbeque
Where: Front lawn of the Keeper's House, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
When: Thursday, 26 April 2012 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Who: All Lighthouse and LAMP volunteers are invited to welcome our new Volunteer Coordinator, Loni Wellman!

We are having a Thank You Barbeque for all volunteers on April 26 from 12:30 until 2:30 here at the Lighthouse front lawn. Come enjoy yummy barbeque (slow-cooked by our own Rick and Lee) and great company! Volunteers will receive a small thank you gift from the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. This will also be an opportunity for everyone to meet Loni, our new Volunteer Coordinator.

After a lengthy search and grueling interview process, we are pleased to announce Loni Wellman as our new Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator. She will start with the team Monday, April 23, 2012. Loni earned her M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in history from Flagler College. She has worked at several museums in various capacities, including the Children’s Museum of Memphis, Art and History Museums-Maitland, Orlando Science Center, and the Center for Science and Industry, Toledo. Her experience will be an asset to the organization, and her enthusiasm will undoubtedly be contagious!

We would also like to extend a big THANK YOU to our dedicated and long-time volunteer Lee McConkey for providing his time and input as part of the interview and selection team.

April 25, 2012

4/25/2012 Lecture: Why a Chalupa?

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Lecture, "Why a Chalupa?"
Where: St. Augustine Yacht Club
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 5:00-6:30 pm
Who: Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP
Food: Beverages and light dinner available for purchase

This lecture is co-sponsored by the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation, and LAMP and the First Light Maritime Society. Dr. Sam Turner will be speaking about our joint project, to build an archaeologically and historically authentic replica of a sixteenth century watercraft used by the first Spanish settlers in St. Augustine.

April 19, 2012

5/5/2012 Lecture: The Caribbean World of Juan Ponce de León and His Discovery of Florida

Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner

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What: Lecture: "The Caribbean World of Juan Ponce de León and His Discovery of Florida"

Where: Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center
When: Saturday May 5, 2012 10:00 - 11:00AM

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Where: The Gallery, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
When: Saturday May 5, 2012 1:00 - 2:00PM

Who: Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP

This is one of a number of lectures sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and organized by Flagler College as part of the Viva Florida 500 commemoration. The series runs in various locations in St. Augustine May 3 -6, 2012. More information on these events can be seen here, but please note the place and time of Dr. Turner's lectures are mistakenly transposed at the linked webpage; the correct times and places are as listed above.

4/19/2012 Lecture: Lost Ships

Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner

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What: Lecture, "Lost Ships"
Where: R. B. Hunt Elementary School
When: Thursday April 19, 6:30 to 7:30
Who: Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP

Private lecture for a local Boy Scout Troop will discuss the nature of shipwrecks and some of the history associated with wrecks in the St. Augustine area.

April 11, 2012

4/11/2012 Lecture: An Underwater Archaeologist's Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Lecture, "An Underwater Archaeologist's Adventures in Lifelong Learning"
Who: Chuck Meide
Venue: The 23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning
Where: Sawgrass Mariott, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

LAMP's Director Chuck Meide was invited as a Featured Speaker at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, whose theme this year is "Lifelong Learning."

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March 23, 2012

3/23/2012 Museum Gala: Legado

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Legado, a Gala celebrating our Spanish-American maritime heritage
Where: St. Johns County Visitor's Center, 10 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
When: Friday, March 23, 2012, 6:30-10:30 pm
Dress: Black tie, or period costume
Highlights: Live music and dancing, with a performance by Museo Interactivo from Malaga, Spain; Silent Auction; Vignettes performed from the historical drama "Madness of King George"

For more information and ticket sales click here

All proceeds from this event go towards the work of the First Light Maritime Society, including continued LAMP archaeological research.

March 22, 2012

3/22/2012 Chalupa Keel Laying at Fountain of Youth

Posted by: Chuck Meide

On Thursday, 22 March, an event was held at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, north of the Lighthouse on the mainland in St. Augustine. It was a celebration of the start of a new boat construction project. LAMP is supporting this project by providing our partners at the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation and the Fountain of Youth with data from our archaeological and historical research into the traditional Spanish boat known as a Chalupa. Many of the volunteer boatbuilders from LAMP Boatworks will be participating in the project, and several of them along with LAMP's Dr. Sam Turner are spearheading the project.

The program was a great success and you can read more about it in the St. Augustine Record.

March 21, 2012

3/21/2012 Lecture: The Minorcan Experience in New Smyrna

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Crossroads of Exchange Lecture Series, "The Minorcan Experience in New Smyrna,"
Who: Dr. Roger Clark Smith, historian and LAMP Research Associate
Where: Anastasia Gallery, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 7:00 pm

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3/21/2012 Lecture: Search for the Jefferson Davis Documentary

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Lecture, "Search for the Jefferson Davis Documentary"
Who: Joe Zarzynski, archaeologist and filmmaker, and Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
Where: Ponte Vedra Public Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, Phone:(904)827-6950
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 6:30 pm

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March 17, 2012

3/17/2012 Festival: 20th Annual Lighthouse Festival

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: 20th Annual Lighthouse Festival
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse
Highlights: Free admission, food, drink, pony rides, bouncy house, live entertainment, archaeology tables with artifact displays, boatbuilding and other crafts for kids, 5K run, and more!

March 8, 2012

3/8/2012 Lecture: Maritime Archaeology at Achill Island, Ireland

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Beyond Our Backyard: Archaeology Around the World Lecture Series, "Maritime Archaeology at Achill Island, Ireland"
Who: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
Where: Bowden Building, downtown Pensacola
When: Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 7:00 pm Central Time

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February 24, 2012

LAMP Documentary "Search for the Jefferson Davis" to be Featured at the Amelia Island Film Festival this Saturday, February 24th, 2012

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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We were excited to hear that our documentary, "The Search for the Jefferson Davis," had been selected as a featured film at the 4th annual Amelia Island Film Festival held this week. We have blogged many times before about this exciting and historically significant shipwreck, which has such a rich and dynamic history and continues to elude archaeologists.

The film will be showed at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 25, at the Anchor in Fernandina Beach. The Anchor is located at Centre St. and N 6th St., Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035.

Click on the video below to watch the trailer!

November 18, 2011

11/18/2011 Museum Event: Cannon Unveiling

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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LAMP Director Chuck Meide showing off one of two cannons recovered by LAMP archaeologists and revealed to the public on Friday, November 18th.

What: Cannon Unveiling Event
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse
When: Friday, November 18th, 2011

Join us for this premier museum event. On Friday evening we will be revealing to the public for the first time the two cleaned cannons recovered from the late 18th century Storm Wreck. One of these guns, a carronade manufactured by the Carron Iron Works in Falkirk, Scotland, featured a year which has helped us narrow the date of the shipwreck.

November 15, 2011

11/16/11 Lecture: Cruising in Traditional Small Craft

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Lecture, "Cruising in Traditional Small Craft"
Who: Curt Bowman
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Anastasia Gallery (Keepers' House, upstairs)
When: Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm
Sponsored by: LAMP, the First Light Maritime Society, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

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November 9, 2011

11/09/2011: Galveztown Replica Project Conference

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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The Galveztown Replica Project Conference is this afternoon here at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, with lecturers from as far away as Spain assembling to discuss this exciting project. The Galveztown was the American Revolution-era sailing brig that under the command of Bernardo de Galvez lead the expedition that captured Pensacola, thus taking both West and East Florida from the British during America's War of Independence. A team of shipwrights at the Astilleros Nereo shipyard in Malaga, Spain are planning on building a full-scale replica of this historic vessel.

October 14, 2011

"Search for the Jefferson Davis" Documentary to Debut on National Archaeology Day at the Orlando Film Festival

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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On Monday there was a great story in the St. Augustine Record announcing the debut of our documentary "The Search for the Jefferson Davis" at this year's Orlando Film Festival, which will be held on October 19-23. The documentary, produced by Pepe Productions whose director and crew came and filmed our archaeological team in June 2009, is an exciting glimpse into what goes into an archaeological search for a historic shipwreck of national significance. You can read more about the Jefferson Davis, and our ongoing search for her (the most successful privateer of the Civil War), here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The debut screening will coincide with National Archaeology Day, celebrated in both the U.S. and Canada.

We are really proud of the documentary and looking forward to its first public viewing. For those interested in seeing it at the Festival, the documentary will be shown at 2:10 p.m. Oct. 22 in Theatre 12 at Cinema City, Orlando, Florida.

Click here to see more information on the documentary debut posted on American Institute of Archaeology's National Archaeology Day Events webpage.

April 21, 2011

LAMP Boatworks at the Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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The late afternoon waterfront was still and flesh-warm. Only broken by the splash of a jumping mullet or the sudden outburst from a seagull, the glassy waterscape seeped Old Florida. Wooden docks askew from storms and time kept silent fishing boats bowing slowly to their slack moorings. This was, and is, the fishing village of Cortez, Florida. I stood with Matt Hanks on an old floating dock looking out over the panorama and letting the tension of a four and a half hour drive ease away. We were there to bring the good news of our lighthouse boatbuilding program to the Gulf coast, to learn about what other programs are doing, and to show off the William A. Harn, the first boat built by LAMP Boatworks. Follow along to learn more about LAMP Boatworks and the Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival!

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March 18, 2011

4/2-3/2011 Lecture Series: "This Other World:" Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Event: "This Other World:" Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida Lecture Series
When: April 2-3, 2011
Where: Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave, St. Augustine, Florida
Cost: Free

LAMP Director of Archaeology Dr. Sam Turner will be presenting a lecture titled "A Sailor's Life in the Early Spanish Caribbean" at 1 pm on Saturday, April 2.

Click below for more information and full schedule!

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19th Annual Lighthouse Festival and JSL 5K

Posted by: Beau Phillips

Date: March 19
Time: 11-6
Admission: FREE
Parking: paid parking at the site
free parking and shuttle from the Elk's Lodge
Sponsors: Tourist Development Council, Bank of St. Augustine, Picolata Farms

Join thousands when the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum opens it's doors during this annual tradition celebrating our maritime history. Children must be 44" Tall to climb the tower and children under 12 year-old must be accompanied by an adult.

What to do
Junior Service League 5K (must register)
Climb the Tower
Explore the Museum
Bouncy House & Slide (Requires tickets)
Build & Float Sailboat (Requires tickets)
Pony Rides (Requires tickets)
Facebook Photo Booth (NEW & FREE)
2nd Annual Wooden Boat Show
Children's Crafts

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March 2, 2011

6/6-7/1/2011: 2011 LAMP Underwater Archaeology Field School

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is pleased to announce our Summer 2011 Field School. This year the field school will be held from June 6 - July 1, 2011 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, St. Augustine, Florida. This comprehensive 4-week practicum will focus on the continued excavation of an 18th century shipwreck. Discovered in 2009, excavations began on this wreck site began during the summer of 2010. Artifacts recovered from this site indicate that is is a late 18th century wreck of unknown origin. Recent discoveries include hardware and rigging components, navigational and carpentry tools, a series of cast-iron and copper cauldrons, a small flintlock pistol, four cannons, and the ship's bell. This summer’s activities will include mapping, recording, and excavating an area adjacent to the 2010 excavation units. Students will work alongside instructors to record and recover artifacts associated with this wreck, including the planned raising of at least one cannon.

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February 24, 2011

3/19/2011: Boat Show 2011!

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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We are pleased to announce the 2011 LAMP Boatworks Boat Show, to be held on Saturday, March 19th. This is part of the annual St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Lighthouse Festival. Last year we had a very nice collection of traditional watercraft show up from all over Florida. This year is our second year including a boat show as part of the Lighthouse Festival and we are looking forward to it! Boats we seek include traditional watercraft powered by sail, oar, or engine. This includes wooden boats built using traditional plans, methods, and/or materials. This is a fun event and if you have not visited our museum, it is open to the public for free on Festival day and we routinely host 5,000 or more visitors every year.

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January 28, 2011

LAMP Boatworks Plays Hookey

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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LAMP Boatworks, enjoying a day sail.

Volunteer boatbuilders from the LAMP Boatworks enjoyed a 'thank you' cruise aboard Privateer Lynx this past Thursday, the 28th of January. The Lynx Eduational Foundation offered space on the cruise for our Boatworks volunteers as an act of appreciation for their efforts to revitalize the ship's stern boat. Lynx has now departed St. Augustine and will be reopening for tours in downtown Jacksonville on February 15. We wish her well!

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January 20, 2011

01/20/2011 Lecture: Shipwreck Archaeology off the Nation's Oldest Port (Juno Beach, FL)

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Lecture, part of the LRHS History Lecture Series
Who: Chuck Meide, Director of LAMP
When: Thursday, January 20th, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Juno Beach Town Center Council Chambers, 340 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach, FL
Sponsored by: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Town of Juno Beach, Florida Humanities Council

Free and open to the public, please RSVP by calling 561-747-8380 x101.

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November 27, 2010

11/27/2010 Event: Crew of HMS Falcon 18th Century Naval Reenactment

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: 18th century British Royal Navy reenactment
Who: The crew of HMS Falcon
When: Saturday, November 27th, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Come visit the Lighthouse on Saturday and enjoy the colorful characters of the crew of HMS Falcon, a local group of reenactors. They are a group of interpretive history volunteers reenacting mainly at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments in St. Augustine, Florida. They portray British sailors during the American War of Independence, during which time Florida was held by England, under the Treaty of Paris. They will be here all day long, singing chanteys and interpreting maritime history from a Royal Navy seaman's point of view.

Photograph of the Falcon crewmembers courtesy of monalisa1492.

November 3, 2010

11/03/2010 Lecture: "Harvesting the Wind at Sea"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Presentation Title: Harvesting the Wind at Sea: Evolution of Sailing Vessels from Ancient Seafaring to the Twentieth Century
Speaker: Dr. David Switzer, LAMP Research Associate and Professor Emeritus of History at Plymouth State University
When: Wednesday, November 3rd, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Anastasia Galley (upstairs in Keepers' House), St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Free and open to the public!

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October 30, 2010

10/30/2010 Shipwreck Presentation at Crooked River Lighthouse Lantern Fest

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Presentation Title: "Dog Island Shipwreck Survey, A Ten Year Perspective"
Venue:Lantern Fest 2010
Speaker: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
When: Saturday, October 30, 2:00 to 10:00 pm (presentation 6:00-7:15 pm)
Where: Crooked River Lighthouse Park, Carrabelle, Florida

Suggested Donation, $2
Nighttime Tower Climb: $5

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May 20, 2010

5/31/10 - 6/26/10 Summer Field School 2010

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Field School students and volunteers prepare for diving operations during the 2009 Field School. Join us as we conduct maritime archaeology at the nation's oldest port!

Information on the upcoming 2011 Field School is now online! Click here for more information on our upcoming Field School, June 6 through July 1, 2011!

The 2010 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Field School will be held May 31 - June 26, 2010 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. This comprehensive 4-week field practicum will focus on the continued excavation of an unidentified 19th-century ballast pile to make a determination whether it represents the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, lost on the St. Augustine bar in August 1861 after the most successful cruise of the entire war. We will also staging test excavations on a new unidentified shipwreck site discovered during last year's survey efforts.

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March 29, 2010

3/28/2010 Blessing of the Fleet

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Father Tom Willis, pastor of the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, offers blessing to the research vessel Desmond Valdes during the annual Palm Sunday ceremony.

For the first time, LAMP participated in St. Augustine's traditional Blessing of the Fleet ceremony yesterday. This tradition, which once saw hundreds of trawlers decorated with flags gathering in Matanzas Bay in hopes of a bountiful shrimp harvest, has been carried out in St. Augustine since at least 1946, and draws thousands of spectators to St. Augustine every Palm Sunday. This year LAMP's research vessel Desmond Valdes, with two LAMP archaeologists and two generations of the Valdes family on board, took its place in line and received a blessing along with dozens of other commercial and recreational boats.

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March 17, 2010

3/17-20/10 Fourth Annual Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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The 2010 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology will be held from March 17 through March 20th. As usual, the Symposium will feature speakers from around the country who will give presentations related to underwater archaeology and maritime history research projects in St. Augustine and around the world. This year we are partnering with the St. Augustine Historical Society to bring you "St. Augustine and the Sea II," the sequel to St. Augustine and the Sea symposium in February. After three days of presentations, the Symposium culminates in the 18th annual Lighthouse Maritime Festival.

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February 26, 2010

2/26-27/2010 St. Augustine and the Sea!

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Join us this Friday and Saturday, February 26-27, as we celebrate the rich maritime history of our nation's oldest port. The St. Augustine and the Sea symposium is sponsored by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, and the City of St. Augustine. All events are free and open to the public!

For a full schedule of speakers, please continue reading below . . .

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December 9, 2009

12/09/09 Presentation: Discover First America Lecture Series "Pirates! Fact and Fiction"

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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Presentation Title: Blood in the Inlet: St. Augustine and its History With Pirates
Speaker: Brendan Burke, LAMP
When: THIS WEDNESDAY, December 9th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Flagler Auditorium (west of the Lightner Museum), St. Augustine

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November 14, 2009

11/13-14/09 Event: LAMP Boat on display at the Antique and Classic Boat Show, Jenson Beach

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Event: LAMP Boatworks' Bevin's Skiff on dislplay at the Antique and Classic Boat Show
When: Friday November 13 to Saturday November 14, 2009, 10 am to 4 pm each day
Where: Maritime & Classic Boat Museum at Indian RiverSide Park, Jenson Beach, Florida

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11/14/09 Event: LAMP Boatworks and boat on display at the Pirate Gathering

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Event: LAMP Boatbuilders and boat on display at the "Pirate Gathering" Festival
When: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Francis Field, St. Augustine, Florida

11/14/09 Presentation: "Maritime Archaeology in the Nation's Oldest Port"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Presentation Title: Maritime Archaeology in the Nation's Oldest Port
Speaker: Brendan Burke, LAMP Archaeologist/Logistical Coordinator
When: Saturday November 14, 2:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Beach Library

October 29, 2009

10/29/09 Presentation: Search for the Submarine USS O-9

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Presentation Title: The Search for the Submarine USS O-9
Speaker: Dr. David Switzer, Plymouth State University
When: Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 7:00 pm
Where: Anastasia Gallery (upstairs Keeper's House), St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Come join LAMP research associate Dr. David Switzer as he shares the story of a NOAA expedition in search of a lost submarine and answers to an unsolved U.S. Navy mystery! The United States submarine USS O-9 was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts in 1918 to serve in World War I. She never saw war service but conducted cruises off the Canal Zone in the 1920s. She was decommissioned in 1931 and ten years later as the clouds of war were darkening Europe she was recommissioned. Her new life was to serve as a "training boat" out of New London, Connecticut. But first it was necessary that the USS O-9 and others of the class take a deep submergence test.

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October 27, 2009

10/27/09 Presentation: "Fast Food Changes: St. Augustine and its Harvest of the Sea"

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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Presentation Title: "Fast Food Changes: St. Augustine and its Harvest of the Sea"
Speaker: Mr. Brendan Burke, LAMP
When: Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, at 6:30 pm
Where: First Coast Technical College, Building C

The Slow Food First Coast group seeks to "reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat." Brendan will be presenting a lecture to the Slow Food Group on St. Augustine's role in affecting the culinary habits of US consumers throughout the 20th century. By producing thousands of shrimp boats to help create one of the largest fishing fleets in the world St. Augustine left its mark in how Americans eat and view seafood. Subsequently, the importation of farmed shrimp led to a decline in domestic shrimping, severely cutting the size of the US shrimping fleet and lengthening the distance between our seafood and our plate.


October 26, 2009

Judyth Piazza chats with Brendan Burke

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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The replica Nina after arrival to St. Augustine.

Remember the arrival of the Nina and Pinta here in St. Augustine on May 9th? Judyth Piazza and her radio show The American Perspective on the Student Operated Press (theSOP.com) interviewed LAMP's Brendan Burke that day and the interview has recently posted. Click the link below to follow to theSOP.com's website and listen!

CLICK HERE

October 23, 2009

10/23/09 Shipwreck Recording Workshop and Archaeology Club Social

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Program Title: "Shipwreck Timber Recording Workshop," followed by a BBQ social for the Flagler College Archaeology Club
Workshop Taught by: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director, and other LAMP staff
When: Workshop is on Friday, October 23rd, 2009, at 1:00 to 4:00pm, followed by the BBQ social immediately afterwards at 4:00 pm
Where: LAMP Headquarters (old Coast Guard Barracks) at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Who's Invited: This activity is open to members of the Flagler College Archaeology Club

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October 13, 2009

10/13/09 Presentation: "The Galveztown Replica Project"

Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner

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Presentation Title: "The Galveztown Replica Project"
Speaker: Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP
When: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, at 7:00 pm
Where: Bowden Building located at 120 Church St., Pensacola, Florida
Sponsored by: Pensacola Archaeological Society

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October 9, 2009

10/09/2009 Special Program: Florida Sea Grant Adult Daycamp

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Event: Special Tour of LAMP and the Lighthouse for Florida Sea Grant Adult Daycamp
When: Friday, October 9th, 2009, at 9:30 to 4:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Who's Invited: This private event is open to participants in the Florida Sea Grant Adult Daycamp program

This was a great group and everyone seemed to find their visit enjoyable and educational. The participants got a personalized tour of LAMP's facilities, a tasty home-made box lunch from the Keeper's Cafe, a ride on our research vessel, and an opportunity to explore the museum and Lighthouse. They even got a chance to get their hands dirty and helped us sort through archaeological material recovered by dredges on our shipwreck site this summer. Thanks everyone!

October 7, 2009

10/07/09 Home School Days Program: "Shipwreck Discovery"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Home School Days Presentation Title: "Shipwreck Discovery"
Speaker: Education Department and LAMP staff
When: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Who's Invited: This activity, which addresses Sunshine Standards and is appropriate for ages 2-17, is part of our Home School Days program. If you are a home schooler and are interested in participating in this or other home school programs at the Lighthouse, please call Director of Education Chris Kastle at 904-829-0745.

Wednesday's Home School program will consist of three individual activities at pre-arranged stations. Station Two will consist of "Basics of Underwater Archeology," in which LAMP archaeologists will demonstrate the use of a variety of equipment used by underwater archeologists, discuss what it is exactly that underwater archeologists do, and will also talk about current LAMP projects. Click here to learn more about the October 7th Home School Days Shipwreck Discovery Program, including a brief discussion of all three stations.

October 2, 2009

10/02/09 LAMP hosts the Archaeological Institute of America

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Event: Special Tour of LAMP and the Lighthouse for AIA Board of Trustees
When: Friday, October 2nd, 2009, at 2:30 to 6:00 pm
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Who's Invited: This private event is open to the Board of Trustees of the Archaeological Institute of America

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The nonprofit Institute was founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 200,000 members belonging to more than 100 societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The organization is unique because it counts among its members professional archaeologists, students, and many others from all walks of life. The AIA exists to promote archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past worldwide, and its diverse membership shares a passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge. The AIA publishes the scholarly American Journal of Archaeology as well as the popular Archaeology Magazine, and they sponsor the popular Maya at the Playa Conference going on right now just south of St. Augustine in Palm Coast.

LAMP and the Lighthouse are honored to have this opportunity to host the Trustees of this exemplary organization and to share with them all of the work that we do to research and preserve the archaeological heritage of northeast Florida.

September 28, 2009

09/28/09 Presentation: "Gator in the Weeds: Exploring the History of the Steamboat Alligator and other Ocklawaha Riverboats" (UPDATED)

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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The Alligator as she last appeared.

Presentation Title: "Gator in the Weeds: Exploring the History of the Steamboat Alligator and other Ocklawaha Riverboats"
Speaker: Mr. Brendan Burke, LAMP
When: Monday, September 28th, 2009, at 7:00 pm
Where: Clay County Historical Society, OId Clay County Courthouse, Green Cove Springs.

LAMP archaeologist Brendan Burke will be giving a presentation focusing on the past year's search for the Alligator. Operating as a passenger vessel on the Ocklawaha River during the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, the Alligator was also converted into one of Florida's earliest reserach vessels. C. B. Moore's hunt for native mound sites was, for a number of year, headquartered onboard the Alligator. Last winter LAMP was involved in a search for the Alligator and has been investigating one wreck site in particular on the shores of Crescent Lake. Come hear about our expedition to find the Alligator!

http://claycountyhistoricalsociety.org/

Directions: Take your best route from St. Augustine to Green Cove Springs. Cross the Shands Bridge and follow the road until you hit Hwy 17. At this highway, turn right. At the second lighted intersection in town, turn left on to Walnut St. Follow the road around for about five blocks. The Old 1890's County Courthouse will be on the left side of the road. You can park on the road or in the parking lot of the School Board opposite. The lecture will be held in the downstairs meeting room.

September 1, 2009

09/01/09 Presentation: "Florida's Fleet: An Ebb Tide of Shrimping"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Presentation Title:
Florida's Fleet: An Ebb Tide of Shrimping
Speaker: Brendan Burke
Time: Tuesday, September 1st, 2009, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Flagler Room, Flagler College, downtown St. Augustine

Join Brendan Burke, Maritime Archaeologist at LAMP (Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program) in St. Augustine, as he presents the findings of a recent oral history and archival research project concerning the area's long and active shrimping and shrimp boat building industries.

June 8, 2009

6/8-6/26/2009: LAMP 2009 Summer Field School

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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The 2011 LAMP Field School announcement is now online! Click here to learn about our upcoming summer field school, June 6-July 1, 2011.

UPDATE: The 2009 Field School was a great success! Click here to read the 2009 Field School blog posts!

Below is the original announcement for the 2009 Field School:

The 2009 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Field School will be held June 8-26, 2009 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. This comprehensive 3-week field practicum will focus on the testing of an unidentified ballast pile to make a determination whether it represents the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, lost on the St. Augustine bar in August 1861 after the most successful cruise of the entire war. Alternate inshore sites will be investigated depending on conditions offshore.

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May 11, 2009

5/06 - 5/17/09 Columbus Ships in St. Augustine

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Historically accurate replicas of the Nina and the Pinta, open to the public for tours
Where: St. Augustine City Marina
When: 9am-6pm, May 6th - May 17th, 2009
Who: These two replica ships are operated by the Columbus Foundation, and were brought to St. Augustine with the help of LAMP and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
How much: Admission for adults is $7, children older than 4 are $5, and senior citizens are $6. A guided group rate of $3 per person is also available for groups of 15 or more. A portion of each admission goes to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.

March 25, 2009

3/25/09-3/27/09 The 3rd Annual Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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FOR INFORMATION ON THE 2010 SYMPOSIUM (MARCH 17-20, 2010) CLICK HERE!

The 2009 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology will be held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in America's oldest port, St. Augustine, Florida, from March 25 to March 27, 2009.

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March 12, 2009

3/12/09 Presentation: Before the Wreck: The Intimate Life of a Pilot Schooner

Posted by: Brendan Burke

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Presentation Title: Before the Wreck: The Intimate Life of a Pilot Schooner
Speaker: Brendan Burke
Time: Thursday, March 12th, 7:00 pm
Place: Anastasia Gallery (upstairs in Keeper's House), St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

You are invited to attend a talk based on my recent experience aboard the schooner Virginia, a 126' replica Chesapeake Bay pilot schooner. Owned by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Organization, Virginia sails as the goodwill ambassador ship for the Commonwealth of Virginia. I was recently invited to guest-crew aboard her for a trip to Miami from Jacksonville, where she was recently berthed for winter layup. Aboard her, I spent a great amount of time talking with the crew and captain about her rigging, sailing, construction, and how she fits into the VMHA's mission to preserve the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. Join us for an evening of tales on the high seas!

The talk will be held in the SALH Gallery at 7:00 on Thursday, March 12th and should last about 45 minutes. Coffee and water will be provided. See you there!

February 18, 2009

2/18/09 Lecture: The Wharf That Launched 800 Warships

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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An artist painting of the Lake George military wharf circa 1759 with the sloop Earl of Halifax and smaller bateaux. The 1758-built British wharf, now submerged, was studied by Bateaux Below and the 250 year old waterfront structure is the topic of a LAMP-sponsored talk by Joseph W. Zarzynski (photo credit: Mark Peckham & Bateaux Below).

Lecture Title: The Wharf That Launched 800 Warships--The History & Archaeology of a French & Indian War Waterfront Structure
Speaker: Joseph W. Zarzynski (Underwater Archaeologist, Bateaux Below, Inc.)
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Anastasia Gallery upstairs in the Keeper's House
When: 6:00 pm, Wednesday February 18, 2009
Sponsored by: LAMP and the St. Augustine Archaeological Association
Special Event: DVD signing and special sale of the documentary "The Lost Radeau"

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January 15, 2009

1/15/09 Lecture: The Proposed Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Lecture Title: The Proposed Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area
Speaker: Robin Moore, St. Johns County Historic Resource Specialist and LAMP Research Associate
Location: St. Augustine Yacht Club
Date and Time: January 15th, 2009, 11:30 am

1/15/09 Lecture: LAMP, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Maritime History of America's Oldest Port

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Lecture Title: LAMP, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Maritime History of America's Oldest Port
Speaker: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
Venue: Ponte Vedra Rotary Club
Location: Marsh Landing Country Club, Ponte Vedra
Date and Time: January 15th, 2009, 8:00 am

November 14, 2008

11/13-14/2008 Blacksmithing Demonstration at the Lighthouse

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: Blacksmithing demonstration with a traditional forge. Items to be made include boat fasteners (spikes, nails, etc.), chain, oyster knives, etc.
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, by the LAMP Boatworks boatbuilding station
When: Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, 2008, 10 am - 4 pm
Who: Sam Turner, LAMP Director of Archaeology, and Brendan Burke, LAMP Archaeologist & Logistical Coordinator
For more information click here

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November 8, 2008

11/08/08 Lecture: Maritime History of St. Augustine

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Lecture Title: Maritime History of St. Augustine
Presented by: Brendan Burke, LAMP Archaeologist and Logistical Coordinator
When: Saturday, November 8th, 2008, at 2:00 pm
Where: Anastasia Island Branch Library, in the Large Meeting Room (click here for map)
For further information call: 904-209-3730
Click here to download a flier promoting this event.

October 29, 2008

10/29/08 Lecture: Amphoras: Silent Observers of Ancient Maritime History

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Lecture Title: Amphoras: Silent Observers of Ancient Maritime History
Speaker: Dr. David Switzer, Plymouth State University
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Keeper's House Gallry
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 7:00 pm
RSVP: Please contact Sara Hansen by email or phone at 904-829-0745
Download flier promoting this event

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October 17, 2008

10/17-18/08 Florida Maritime Heritage Association Meeting

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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UPDATED with new information, please see schedule below . . .

The second annual meeting of the Florida Maritime Heritage Association will be held in America's Oldest Port at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, sponsored by the Museum and its research institution, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), on October 17-18, 2008. Anyone associated with a Florida maritime museum, university anthropology/history department or maritime studies program, consulting company, preservation group, government agency, or any other maritime heritage organization is welcome to attend. This blog posting will serve as the official online source of information about the upcoming conference.

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September 18, 2008

9/18/08 Lecture: The Caribbean World of Ponce de Leon and the Discovery of Florida

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Lecture Title: The Caribbean World of Ponce de León and the Discovery of Florida
Speaker: Dr. Sam Turner, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program
When: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:00 pm
Where: Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida
Sponsored by: St. Augustine Historical Society
For more info call: 904-824-2872

June 14, 2008

06/14-28/08 Archaeological Field School with LAMP & Plymouth State

Posted by: Chuck Meide

When: 14-28 June 2008
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Instructors: Dr. David Switzer, professor emeritus PSU; Chuck Meide, Director, LAMP; Dr. Sam Turner, Director of Archaeology, LAMP

LAMP, in conjunction with Plymouth State University, will be hosting a maritime archaeological field school practicum from 15-28 June 2008. Three undergraduate-level credit hours are available through PSU. Fieldwork will focus on a 19th century shipwreck offshore St. Augustine but will also include a variety of research activities above and below the water.

For more information click here.

UPDATED: Click here to read the blog entry describing the 2008 Field School!

May 29, 2008

05/29/08 Boat Cruise and Sonar Demonstration onboard Victory III

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Victory III at the dock before the cruise.

What: Boat Cruise and Side Scan Sonar Demonstration for the "Unearthing First America" Symposium
When: 29 May 2008, 5:45-8:00 pm
Join symposium speakers and LAMP archaeological staff for a sunset cruise on the Victory III, and witness a demonstration of LAMP's new side scan sonar technology!

Free and open to the public! This river cruise is part of the Unearthing First America Symposium hosted by Flagler College, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, LAMP and the Lighthouse, and the Florida Humanities Council.

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05/29/08 Lecture: Shipwreck Archaeology in America's Oldest Port

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Lecturer: LAMP Director Chuck Meide
Lecture Title: Shipwreck Archaeology in America's Oldest Port
Program: One of many lectures making up the "Unearthing First America" Symposium
When: 29 May 2008, 2:00-3:00 pm
Where: Ringhaver Student Center Auditorium, Flagler College campus, St. Augustine

Free and open to the public! The Unearthing First America Symposium (28-30 May 2008) is hosted by Flagler College, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, LAMP and the Lighthouse, and the Florida Humanities Council.

May 13, 2008

05/19-20/08 LAMP Dive training event: the 1715 wreck of the Urca de Lima

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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A local diver on the anchor of the Urca de Lima, a Spanish galleon lost in 1715 off Fort Pierce, Florida.

UPDATED: Read the 22 May 08 blog entry about this great event!

LAMP will be staging a training event for members of our volunteer dive team on May 19 and 20th, 2008, in conjunction with the Florida Public Archaeology Network's East Central and Southeast Regional Centers.

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March 31, 2008

04/15/08 Public Meeting for National Maritime Heritage Area

Posted by: Kathy Fleming

National Maritime Heritage Area Workshop

HOSTS
GUANA TOLOMATO MATANZAS NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM, INC.
LIGHTHOUSE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MARITIME PROGRAM
SEA GRANT ASSOCIATION
ST. JOHNS COUNTY/PLANNING DIVISION/HISTORIC RESOURCES


Please join us for a National Heritage Area Feasibility Workshop
(Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm
GTM NERR Environmental Education Center
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32080


RSVP requested by April 11, 2008
Contact Pam Troll at 904-829-0745, ext 224 or
ptroll@staugustinelighthouse.com


March 12, 2008

03/12-15/08 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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What: 2008 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology
When: 12 to 15 March 2008
Where: St. Augustine, Florida, at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR) Education Center, also at the St. Augustine Lighthouse on 15 March
Click here to visit the 2008 Symposium webpage, with more info including full program

The Symposium includes three days of presentations at the GTM-NERR Education Center by invited speakers covering a host of topics including prehistoric underwater archaeology, conservation of artifacts from underwater sites, the archaeology of shipwreck sites in Florida and around the world, management of submerged cultural resources, and graduate student archaeological research projects. The final day of the Symposium coincides with the St. Augustine Lighthouse's Maritime Festival, a family-oriented event held at the Lighthouse and expected to draw thousands for a day of fun, food, music, maritime-oriented games and activities, and three encore presentations.

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March 5, 2008

03/06/08 Lecture: Maritime Archaeology in Portarlington, Australia

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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The first of the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project lecture series for 2008 will take place at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum on Thursday, March 6, at 6 pm. LAMP Director of Archaeology Dr. Sam Turner will present a slideshow lecture titled "Maritime Archaeology in Portarlington, Australia."

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October 22, 2007

10/25/07 Lecture: The Early Days of Nautical Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide

UPDATED with pictures from the event included below . . .

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Dr. Switzer, a pioneer in the field of nautical archaeology, will be talking about three early projects he was closely involved with. The techniques developed on these sites in the 1960s and 1970s led directly to the methods used today by LAMP archaeologists exploring shipwrecks off St. Augustine, our nation's oldest port.

(UPDATED with pictures from the talk below)

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March 31, 2007

03/31/07 Lecture: Excavation of a Sugar Mill on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Lecture Title: "Perpetually Boyling: Sugar Production in the West Indies and the Archaeological Investigation of the Sugar Mill on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands”
Speaker: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
Program: "Sweet Digs: Archaeology of Sugar Mills" (three lectures and a tour of Dunlawton Sugar Mill) organized by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Volusia County
When: 31 March 2007, 11 am
Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach

For more information click here.

March 20, 2007

03/20-22/07 Northeast Florida Symposium on Underwater Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Northeast Florida Symposium on Underwater Archaeology
Various speakers. This three-day symposium is jointly sponsored by the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas Research Reserve and LAMP. Located at the auditorium in the GTM Reserve Educational Center. Special Rates available at local hotel in Vilano Beach for out of town guests.

When: 20-22 March 2007, 9 to 5 each day
Click here to visit the 2007 Symposium webpage with more information including full program

March 17, 2007

03/17/07 Lighthouse Maritime Festival & Lecture Series

Posted by: Chuck Meide

17 March 2007
Lighthouse Festival
Fun for the whole family, the festival includes everything from pony rides to archaeological exhibits and a maritime archaeology lecture series.
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, all day event

Lighthouse Festival Lecture Series
(all lectures will take place in the Salt Run Community Center/ St. Augustine Yacht Club, across from the Lighthouse on the water)

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March 14, 2007

03/14/07 Sinkhole Dive Demonstration

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Sinkhole Dive Demonstration

Sorry, this event has been CANCELLED.

LAMP Divers will stage an underwater archaeology demonstration at Sheeler Lake, a 20,000 year old sinkhole site with the potential to yield prehistoric archaeological sites. Divers will explain the equipment and techniques used for a preliminary reconnaissance dive. This event will take place at the Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in Clay County. Call Christy Pritchard at 904-819-6420 for more information.

March 10, 2007

03/10/07 Boat Tour with LAMP Archaeologists

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Boat Tour with LAMP Maritime Archaeologists
On board the Victory III, the premiere tourboat docked at the City Marina, downtown St. Augustine. This event is a fund-raiser for the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. LAMP archaeologists Chuck Meide and Sam Turner will be presenting a personalized custom tour of St. Augustine's maritime landscape as it was meant to be seen, from the sea. The Victory III departs the City Marina dock at 8:45 am. The City Marina dock is just south of the downtown side of the Bridge of Lions. Call Bob Stephens to reserve your space on the boat at 808-7211.

When: 10 March 2007, 8:30 am

March 2, 2007

03/02 - 04/27/07 Exhibit: SS United States

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Traveling Exhibit: S.S. United States
Traveling exhibit on display at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, focusing on the 1950s Atlantic liner, a maritime engineering marvel for its time. For more information, email Kathleen Hill at khill@stagustinelighthouse.com.

When: 02 March - 27 April 2007, regular operating hours (9am - 6 pm)
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Keeper's House upstairs gallery

February 26, 2007

02/26-27/07 CPR/First Aid Training for LAMP Scientific Divers

Posted by: Chuck Meide

CPR/First Aid Training for LAMP volunteers
When: 26-27 February 2007
Where: Red Cross Office, U.S. Highway 1, St. Augustine
Instructor: Rick Cain

February 24, 2007

02/24/07 Lecture: Lake George, New York's 1758 LAND TORTOISE Shipwreck: The History and Archaeology of "The Lost Radeau"

Posted by: Chuck Meide

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Underwater archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski will present a program on the flagship of "The Sunken Fleet of 1758," a British fleet from the Seven Years War (French and Indian War). He will history, discovery, and underwater archaeological study of the "The Lost Radeau," a strange seven-sided floating gun battery, a type of floating fortress, that was discovered by archaeologists in Lake George in 1990. The British warship, lying in 107 ft. of water, is often called "North America's oldest 'intact' warship" because of its incredible structural integrity, preserved by the cold freshwater of the Adirondack Mountains waterway.

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February 21, 2007

02/21 - 03/24/07 Short Course: Archaeology of Northeast Florida

Posted by: Chuck Meide

What: Archaeology of St. Augustine and Northeast Florida, Short Course offered through the First Coast Technical Institute
When: 21 February - 24 March 2007
Price: $79

This course is sponsored by the St. Augustine Archaeological Association, LAMP, the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the City of St. Augustine. It consists of four lectures on successive Wednesday nights, plus two days of field work with archaeologists, and is geared towards members of the public interested in learning more about archaeology, especially if they are interested in volunteering to dig on archaeological sites. One of the four lectures is on underwater archaeology and will be presented by LAMP staff. The cost for this course is $79 and those interested in enrolling should call 904-241-0034 for more information.

LAMP Lecture:
7 March 2007
Lecture "Underwater Site Types"
Speaker: Chuck Meide, LAMP Director
An overview of the methodology used and the types of sites encountered by underwater archaeologists. One of four lectures offered through the First Coast Technical Institute (see course description above). The lecture open only to those enrolled in the class.

January 9, 2007

01/09/07 Lecture: Update on LAMP's Recent and Upcoming Research Activities

Posted by: Chuck Meide

Presentation: "Update on LAMP's recent and upcoming research activities"
Speaker: Chuck Meide
Program: St. Augustine Archaeological Association meeting
Where: Salt Run Community Center (near Lighthouse Boatramp), St. Augustine
When: 9 January 2007, 7 pm