New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s A Day in the Life speaker series continues on Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. with marine archaeologist David S. Robinson. Mr. Robinson will share how he became a marine archaeologist and will discuss his work on the remains of three historical wooden sailing vessels discovered in New Bedford harbor during the Environmental Protection Agency harbor dredging project.
David is a life-long sea-dog and former commercial fisherman who has the unique privilege of doing what he loves for a job, working as a marine archaeologist and scientific diver at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO). He is also President & CEO of David S. Robinson & Associates, Inc. (DSRA), a Jamestown, Rhode Island-based submerged cultural resource management firm. David specializes in multi-disciplinary marine archaeological investigations of submerged shipwrecks, coastal infrastructure, and ancient cultural sites submerged by sea level rise. He has over 27 years of experience in marine archaeology and submerged cultural resource management.
Since 2003, David has served as principal investigator on multiple marine, intertidal, and terrestrial archaeological investigations in the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site (NBHSS), working on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This work in the harbor has included the marine archaeological recovery, documentation, and analysis of the remains of three historical wooden sailing vessels dating from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.
David is an undergraduate alumnus of University of Rhode Island where he double-majored in anthropology and art. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology/nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University and is completing a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where his research focuses on marine spatial planning and submerged cultural landscapes. David participated in the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s 2017 Unusual Catches Day, and is thrilled to be invited back as a A Day in the Life series speaker.
Admission to A Day in the Life is free for members; $5 for non-members. The Center is handicap accessible through the parking lot entrance. Free off-street parking available. The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford’s historic downtown.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, archives, and programs. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508) 993-8894.