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Virginia's Underwater Archaeology: Submerged History Throughout the Commonwealth

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Join the Hampton Roads Naval Museum as they host Brendan Burke, State Underwater Archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for a FREE evening presentation. The presentation will cover the activities of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources' Underwater Archaeology Program, which is tasked with the protection and inventory of submerged archaeological sites throughout all of the state-owned bottomlands. The program also frequently assists citizens of the Commonwealth with heritage management regarding maritime artifacts and sites. This presentation will cover the program's activities and duties throughout the state, from Assateague to the Alleghenies.

Speaker's Biography: Brendan Burke is a Virginia native who received his undergraduate degree in history and anthropology from Longwood College and an MA in anthropology from William & Mary. From 2007-2019 Brendan was Assistant Director of Research at the Lighthouse Archaeology Maritime Program in St. Augustine, Florida. There, he excavated several shipwrecks, including a 1782 Loyalist vessel from the American Revolution. Since 2021, he has served as the State Underwater Archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Our event is free to attend, and admission tickets are strongly suggested to ensure seating. Reserve your FREE tickets via the Eventbrite listing here: Please direct any questions to or call (757) 322-2987.