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The Filey Bay
Project team Profiles
On this page we
welcome our international guests and include some information about their
experience in Underwater Archaeology.
John Adams is the Leader of the Filey
Underwater Research Unit, a former sport diver, commercial diver and
fisherman who has had over thirty years experience either on the sea or
below it. It was John who originally discovered the wooden wreck
whilst recovering trawl gear for local fisherman Brian Cox and then entered into half a
lifetime's research into the Bonhomme Richard and her loss.
Until recently he
was backed by a
dedicated Head of Project, Tony Green, who was the architect of
the Filey Bay Project for over a 15 year period and is credited
with bringing it to its current stage. Diving continues to this
||Daniel Lenihan has been diving
as Park Ranger and archaeologist for the National Park Service (NPS) since
In 1976,l he developed the only
federal underwater archaeological team in the U.\S. and, in 1980, was
appointed the first chief as the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU).
Over the last 25 years, Dan and the SCRU team
have been the subject of national media stories and may TV documentaries
on CBS, ABC,BBC,CNN,PBS The Discovery and History Channels, and National
Geographic. He has written frequently for Natural History, and co authored
with Gene Hackman the well known sea adventure novel, Wake of the Perdido
Star. His latest book Submerged is now
available and is an interesting account of some of his work with America's most
elite underwater archaeology team. A native New Yorker and former school
teacher he lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
G Shomette is featured elsewhere on this site, however as the principle
architect of this latest initiative, he has worked closely with FURU over
the past few years and provided valuable information on the work that has
been completed by FURU. As an underwater archaeologist he has been
involved in many ground breaking projects and as well as a prolific
lecturer, he is an accomplished author who has written his own books on
maritime archaeological subjects and for prestigious publications.
Some of his achievements are:
|The first underwater survey of an
entire riverine system in America
|The first systematic use of robotic
technology for underwater archaeology
|The survey of the largest fleet of
shipwrecks in one place
The survey of the
oldest shipwreck fleet in America discovery of the earliest
Euro-American small craft wreck in the U.S. and co-founder of the
first public historic shipwreck preserve in Maryland.
Professor V R Switsur of
Environmental Sciences Research Centre, Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, Anglia University,
East Road Cambridge has provided pivotal information about the wreck
site and continues to support
the Project, Professor Switsur is an invaluable member of the Team.
Dean is the Director of the Archaeological Dive Unit since 1986 and he is
based at St Andrews University, before that he was the underwater
archaeologist of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. He was a
former sport diver who trained as a land archaeologist for ten years and
has been responsible for the excavation of a variety of shipwrecks from
the bronze age up until present times. The notable vessels that he
has worked on have been the Mary Rose and the Stirling Castle.