Topic ID #34748 - posted 2/3/2015 3:28 PM

Recent Graduate With Maritime/Terrestrial Experience - Willing to Travel



Hunter Whitehead

Maritime and Terrestrial Archaeologist (210) 347-9767

Pensacola, Florida


Hunter Whitehead is currently a field technician for the University of West Florida. There he is conducting research on the EP II site of the 1559 fleet in Pensacola, Florida. Prior to this position, he was an intern at the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, where he has served as a supervisor for the 2014 field school. As of fall of 2014, Mr. Whitehead earned a B.A. from University of West Florida in Maritime Studies with a minor in Anthropology. It is his intentions to continue with his academic career and attend graduate school to study archaeology but not before gaining valuable experience in this field. He has volunteered his time and efforts to assist graduate students at the University of West Florida to acquire data off their proposed thesis topic sites. Prior to this fieldwork, he underwent the University of West Florida’s Combined Maritime and Terrestrial Archaeological Field School in 2013. This has provided terrestrial and maritime experience including archaeological investigations of 16th- 20th century shipwrecks, Phase I and Phase II survey and excavation of proposed development sites as per federal and state laws protocols require, as well as lab methods in both a maritime and terrestrial setting. Mr. Whitehead has also been working at a local dive shop, MBT Divers, for over a year and has been a certified SCUBA diver for over three years. He has held positions of Vice President and Treasurer in the University of West Florida SCUBA Club. He has commenced over 500 dives in various conditions such as low visibility, high current and overhead environments. He currently holds the certifications of Nitrox Diver, Scientific Diver and Dive Master, as well as technical certifications of Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures. He plans on continuing his education in SCUBA to acquire the skills needed to complete work in various environments. He also has current CPR, First Aid and O2 provider certifications.




Maritime Studies, B.A.           2014      University of West Florida

Minor in Anthropology



Public Archaeology

Cultural Resource Management

Maritime Archaeology

Underwater Photography and Videography



2014-Present    University of West Florida Field Technician

2014                        Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Intern

2014                        Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Field School Supervisor

2013-2014           University of West Florida Field Volunteer

2013                        University of West Florida Maritime/Terrestrial Field School Student           



         Society for Historical Archaeology

         Pensacola Archaeological Society





University of West Florida Field Technician: (Working under Principle Investigator, Gregory Cook Ph.D. and Field Director Benjamin Wells) Assisting with the research conducted on the site known as EP II, a 1559 Spanish colonization vessel in Pensacola, Florida. Work includes diving on and dredging in designated units, taking accurate measurements, making field sketches, scaled drawings, and taking field notes in order to preserve all data collected.




Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Intern:  (Working under Principle Investigator, Chuck Meide) In partnership with NOAA, the National Park Service, the Institute of Maritime History and others, LAMP is conducting a survey in search of the lost French fleet of 1565 on the eastern coast of Florida. Assisted in preparing all gear needed for live aboard operations including ensuring all survey equipment was in good working condition. After the initial six-day survey, analysis of side-scan sonar, magnetometer and sub-bottom sonar data will be conducted to determine dive targets of second survey cruise. Anomalies will then be dived upon and ground-truthed to determine their nature.


Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Field School Supervisor:  (Working under Principle Investigator, Chuck Meide) Assisting students in learning proper excavation techniques, site mapping and underwater survey methods on an 18th century shipwreck during a four-week field school. Additionally, held a position as dive supervisor ensuring proper diving practices were being utilized. Use of an underwater metal detector helped determine site extent to all sides of the known site.


University of West Florida Field School Volunteer:  Volunteering time to assist in field school operations, which include baseline/trilateration measurements, artifact drawing and site survey on sites in the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida. Time was also spent on a Spanish wreck dated to 1559 where site extent survey was conducted with a fiberglass probe. Additionally, remote sensing survey was conducted also in the Blackwater River with a sub-bottom profiler, as well as side-scan sonar. Stratabox and Hypack programs were both utilized in this process.


Next Exit to History Application:  (Working under Public History Program Director, UWF, Patrick K. Moore, Ph.D.) Wrote 300 word blurbs for specific maritime archaeological or historic sites for a phone application aimed towards public outreach. This included undertaking recording and editing underwater videos to be displayed on the site page.




         University of West Florida Field Volunteer:  Assisted in various archaeological field-work operations including the use of marine remote sensing equipment and water quality equipment (Van Dorn, dissolved oxygen meter, pH meter), collecting sediment samples and also utilizing skills learned during the field school. Completion of various maintenance assignments such as barge repairs and relocation was fulfilled. Work was also completed with the environmental and marine biology departments collecting various bio-samples.




University of West Florida Combined Archaeological Field Methods (Maritime and Terrestrial): (Working under Principle Investigator, Ramie Gougeon Ph.D. and Field Director, Lauren Walls; additionally working under Principle Investigator, Gregory Cook Ph.D. and Field Director Eric Swanson)  Attendance of a 10 week field school that provided knowledge and training in both a maritime and terrestrial setting. The maritime portion provided underwater archaeology skills and strategies, survey methods including side-scan sonar and magnetometer, excavation techniques, site mapping, lab procedures, and artifact conservation methods. The terrestrial portion provided Phase I and Phase II survey and excavation skills, field scale drawings, and documentation. Use of Trimble GPS, total stations and ground penetrating radar were implemented.









         Maritime History

         Coastal and Marine Environments

         Combined Archaeological Field Methods

         Oral and Communication History

         Biological Anthropology

         North American Archaeology

         Environmental Impact Assessment

         Shipwreck Archaeology

         Cultures of Mexico

         Principles of Archaeology

         Archaeological Data Analysis

         Conservation Lab Methods

         Historic Preservation



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