BSU "Ask the Professor" Series presents: Shipwrecks on Shores: Maritime Archaeology's Role in Telling Forgotten Stories and STEM Education in Massachusetts
Dr. Calvin Mires, Thursday, April 27 at 6-7 p.m. at Bridgewater State University's campus on Route 28 in South Yarmouth
Description: Maritime archaeology is the scientific study of all aspects of maritime cultures and people through their surviving cultural material. Shipwrecks are the largest and most recognizable remains, and while many rest underwater, there are several that are found along the beaches and shorelines in Massachusetts. The field is inherently interdisciplinary and relies on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to investigate all types of cultural resources, from shipwrecks to harbors, wharves, seaside communities, maritime landscapes, and more. Please join, Dr. Calvin Mires, as he discusses his 17-year career in maritime archaeology, and some of the program that he is currently developing to offer educational and training opportunities to citizen scientists of all ages in Massachusetts.
Dr. Calvin Mires is a Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University. He has led and worked on more than 30 maritime archaeology projects around the world, including Greek and Roman shipwrecks and harbors, Sweden's iconic warship, Vasa, Confederate Blockade Runners in North and South Carolina, ship graveyards in Bermuda, and various sites in the Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Great Lakes. Before coming to Massachusetts, he was the staff archaeologist at East Carolina University, which is one of only four graduate programs in the United States in maritime archaeology. He taught, trained, and led 100 graduate students. From 2015 to 2016, he was Director of Bridge Programs for the PAST Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit, nationally recognized by U.S. Department of Education as a leader in STEM education. He is co-founder and instructor of SEAMAHP, a training program that leverages the concept of a ship's life-cycle to provide hands-on, experiential learning to the public in maritime archaeology, and has documented the shipwreck, Ada K. Damon, a 19th-century schooner wrecked on a beach near Ipswich. His current research focuses on nearshore and foreshore sites, vernacular watercraft, public outreach and citizen science, and qualitative and quantitative approaches to public perceptions, attitudes, and values towards preservation of maritime cultural resources.