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Did you know there are vestiges of ancient landscapes submerged by sea level rise and more than 3,500 shipwrecks and the within Massachusetts waters?
Join the National Park Service and David Robinson, Director and Chief Archaeologist for the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) to discover the hidden world below the waters of Boston Harbor.
About David: David Robinson is the Director and Chief Archaeologist for the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR). Prior to joining the State in 2019, he was president of the Rhode Island-based submerged cultural resource management consulting firm, David S. Robinson & Associates, Inc., and a marine archaeologist at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. Over the course of his 31-year career, David has specialized in multi-disciplinary marine archaeological investigations of submerged shipwrecks, coastal infrastructure, and ancient cultural sites submerged by sea level rise. He has worked extensively with federal and state agencies, Tribes, industry, museums, and academic institutions around the U.S. and abroad. David served as Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary’s first-ever maritime heritage representative on its Sanctuary Advisory Council between 2008-2014 and was appointed to and served as the cultural resources representative on the U.S. National Marine Protected Areas Program’s Federal Advisory Committee from 2017-2019. He is the 2019 recipient of the Tomaquag Museum’s Eva Butler Scholar Award recognizing his nearly two decades of collaborative marine archaeological work with southern New England’s Indigenous communities. He holds an M.A. in anthropology (nautical archaeology) from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in anthropology and art from the University of Rhode Island.
About BUAR: Established in 1973, the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) is the sole trustee of the Commonwealth's underwater cultural heritage. Under Massachusetts General Laws, BUAR is charged with encouraging the discovery and reporting, as well as the preservation and protection, of underwater archaeological resources. These sites and objects represent a nonrenewable scientific resource—statements left by time to be preserved through their documentation for public study and benefit. While underwater archaeological resources are commonly shipwrecks (there are more than 3,500 shipwrecks within Massachusetts waters), they also include submerged wharves, aircraft, and ancient Indigenous sites. The Commonwealth holds title to these resources and retains regulatory authority over their use. BUAR's jurisdiction extends over the inland and coastal waters of Massachusetts.
This program is presented by the National Park Service & Boston Harbor Now as part of the commemoration of the Boston Harbor Islands' 25th anniversary as a National Park and 50th anniversary as a State Park.