The team that has been assembled by MAC for the San José Archaeological Project consists of some of the best and most experienced maritime archaeologists, conservators and deep-water technicians in the world. Backed up by a support staff of 3D specialists, photogrammetric professionals, traditional archaeological draughts people, IT experts, researchers and scholars and students, the MAC team is now poised to take deep-water archaeological excavation to exciting new levels of scientific achievement using precision-controlled robotics and the most advanced methods of photogrammetric recording.
To lead the archaeological and scientific aspects of the project MAC has established a Board of Archaeology. The members of the Board are;
Fredrik Søreide : Director of Deepwater Technology
Dr. Søreide has worked on numerous maritime archaeological projects in more than ten countries. Most notably he was the Chief Scientist on the Ormen Lange shipwreck excavation, an 18th century merchant ship which sank in 170m of water in the North Sea. The Ormen Lange excavation was the first technologically advanced deepwater archaeology project relying only on a specially developed ROV, tooling and subsea excavation frame methodology operated from a research vessel to enable the world’s first deepwater archaeological excavation. The same technology will be utilised on the San Jose site. His experience also includes the exploration of numerous ancient sites in the Mediterranean, and the wreck of the train ferry Hydro, which was sunk by the Norwegian resistance with its cargo of heavy water in 1944, preventing Hitler’s Germany from obtaining material needed for a nuclear device.
Fredrik’s publications include “Ships from the Depths – Deepwater Archaeology (2011)”,”Ormen Lange – Pipelines and Shipwrecks (2007)” and “The Deepest Dig (2016)” as well as more than 100 scientific articles on marine technology and marine science.
Mensun Bound : Excavation Director
Archaeologist Mensun is the former ‘Triton Fellow’ in maritime archaeology at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford. He was educated at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University in the USA on scholarship from the Leopold Schepp Foundation, New York. In 1985, he established the Marine Archaeological Research and Excavation (MARE) unit at Oxford.
Mensun has led a number of notable maritime archaeological expeditions, including the excavation of an Etruscan wreck close to Giglio Island, Italy. He also led the team which located the German World War 2 pocket battleship “Admiral Graf Spee” scuttled off Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1939. One of the guns from the ship was recovered and is on public display. He also excavated a Portuguese porcelain trader that went down off East Africa during the sixteenth century and a Tudor munitions carrier wrecked off Alderney Island, UK. In addition, he has directed major mixed-gas diving excavations off Vietnam and in the Straits of Malacca. He also searched for the warships lost at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914, and sits on the board of the Falkland Island Maritime Heritage Trust.
His publications include “The Archaeology of Ships at War” (1995), “Excavating Ships of War” (1996), “Lost Ships” (1998) and “A Ship Cast Away About Alderney” (2001). In 1992, he was awarded the Colin Mcleod Award for “Furthering international co-operation in diving” by the British Sub Aqua Club. His work has also been the subject of an award-winning, four-part documentary series for the Discovery Channel entitled “Lost Ships”. In 1999-2000 he directed the deepest ‘hands-on’ excavation to date when he used saturation diving techniques to reach a porcelain wreck that was situated beyond standard diving depths in the South China Sea. Excavated artefacts from his work are on permanent display in over ten museums around the world.
Ian Panter : Director of Conservation
Panter is the Head of the conservation team at York Archaeological Trust (YAT) in the UK, MAC’s partner for the management of the conservation laboratory in Cartagena. He has extensive experience in managing the operation of laboratories conserving a wide range of artefacts from terrestrial, waterlogged and marine environments, both in the UK and overseas. His recent projects include preserving the timbers from the Swash Channel designated wreck, a 17th Century Dutch vessel trading in the West Indies, and artefacts from a wreck off the Sultanate of Oman.
Following graduation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London in 1980 with a BSc Honours degree in archaeological conservation and materials science, Ian worked for the Mary Rose Trust and Portsmouth City Museum before heading to York in 1990. Before taking up his current position with YAT Ian spent six years as an English Heritage Regional Science Advisor advising curators and developers on the archaeological science requirements for commercially- funded projects, as well as developing a specialism on reburial and in-situ preservation schemes, including deposit characterisation and monitoring procedures.
Roger Dooley : Project Coordinator
Archaeologist Dooley received a degree in Physical Oceanography from Cuba’s Oceanographic Institute in 1971 and holds a Master of Science (MS) in Archaeology (1975) from the Institute of Social Science in Havana, Cuba. He pioneered underwater archaeology in Cuba starting in 1968 and has devoted his life to researching Spanish maritime history from the 16th to 18th centuries, focused on shipwrecks and shipbuilding, related to the colonial history of Cuba.
His investigation work has been mainly done in the Spanish archives, but also in archives in the UK and USA, and elsewhere. He has devoted several years making deep-water shipwreck surveys and he is currently a consultant to Cuba’s Institute of Anthropology, the Archaeological Cabinet of the City of Havana, and for the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH).
The Board of Archaeology will be directing all the stages of the project and will have under their authority over 100 individuals, including professionals, students, collaborators, etc. specialists of different disciplines from numerous countries, among others, Colombia, UK, Norway, France, USA, Canada, Cuba and Spain.
Colombia will be the country that provides the most numerous personnel to the project, not only with their archaeologists, oceanographers, conservationist, etc., but also with their professional supervisors from the ICANH and DIMAR, included also will be students and interns from different academic entities to support not only the excavation, but also the conservation laboratory and the museum.