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Free lecture at the Deering Estate "Real Pirates of the Caribbean: The Search for and Study of Pirate and Privateer Shipwrecks"

MIAMI (April 26, 2017)

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. The lecture on Thursday, May 11th is "Real Pirates of the Caribbean: The Search for and Study of Pirate and Privateer Shipwrecks" with Dr. Frederick "Fritz" H. Hanselmann. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue.

For centuries, piracy has been romanticized and aggrandized through popular culture, but what do we really know about pirates? Not only are pirates popular in books and mainstream media, they also can be found to have played a significant role in a much broader historical context. Captain William Kidd and Admiral Henry Morgan were two individuals that played different roles in the burgeoning expansion of 17th century globalization, but little is known of them archaeologically. Oftentimes it is difficult if not impossible to tease out evidence of piracy in the archaeological record, yet now and again discoveries are made that can shed light on often misunderstood historical activities, such as piracy. Join us as we delve into the excavation and analysis of Captain Kidd's lost ship and the search for Henry Morgan's sunken vessels.

Dr. Frederick "Fritz" H. Hanselmann is faculty in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and part of the Exploration Sciences Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, where he directs programs in underwater archaeology and underwater exploration. Having worked on underwater sites from a wide variety of time periods, his exploration and research ranges from submerged prehistoric deposits in springs and caves to historic shipwrecks in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, abandoned by Captain Kidd in 1699 off the coast of Hispaniola. Fritz led the first-ever archaeological survey off the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama and directs the Río Chagres Maritime Landscape Study as well as the Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project.  He is one of the principal investigators of the Monterrey Shipwreck Project, exploring and investigating early 19th century shipwrecks 4,500 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico. He is also the co-director of the Sunken Ships of Colombia project and the principal investigator of the Spring Lake Underwater Archaeology Project. Fritz also focuses on capacity building and training for archaeologists and heritage managers in less developed countries, as well as the development of marine protected areas and underwater preserves. He is a cave and technical diver, a certified scuba instructor, a Nautical Archaeology Society Tutor, and a fellow of the Explorer’s Club. He has been widely featured in global print and electronic media, including documentaries, films, and programs with the National Geographic Channel, the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Channel, South By Southwest Film Festival, and the Travel Channel among others. Fritz regularly gives public lectures and presentations for museums, universities, and other organizations and occasionally blogs for the National Geographic Explorer's Journal online.

About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. Discover More history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!