Robert Neyland, an underwater archaeologist, will speak on the archaeology of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley at the ECWG’s May 21 dinner at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the talk beginning at 8 p.m.
In August 2000, archeologists raised the H.L. Hunley from the Atlantic Ocean off Charleston, S.C.
Neyland, who has a doctorate in anthropology from Texas A&M University, was Project Director for the raising and conservation of the Hunley. He is the Head of the Underwater Archaeology Branch for the Navy’s History and Heritage Command.
His talk will include discussion of the archaeology of Hunley from its discovery through recovery, excavation, and identification and reburial of the 8 crewmembers. It concludes with the current theories of why it was lost and the status of the ongoing conservation and analysis.
The ship had been named for her inventor, Horace Lawson Henley.
During his career Neyland has worked on a variety of shipwreck sites including:
- a Bronze Age shipwreck in the Mediterranean
- post-medieval wrecks in the Netherlands
- shipwrecks in the Caribbean and North America.
As Underwater Archaeologist with the U.S. Navy he and his team also surveyed the USS Housatonic (the sloop sunk by Hunley), the Civil War shipwrecks USS Cumberland, CSS Florida, and Revolutionary War shipwrecks lost in Penobscot River, Maine.
He also studied World War 2 wrecks lost off Normandy, France, searched for Capt John Paul Jones’, Bonhomme Richard, and surveyed the lost War of 1812 fleet of Commodore Joshua Barney, which was scuttled in the Patuxent River, Maryland just days before the British burned Washington D.C.
During his career he has worked on a variety of shipwreck sites: a Bronze Age shipwreck in the Mediterranean, post-medieval wrecks in the Netherlands, and shipwrecks in the Caribbean and North America.
As an underwater archaeologist with the US Navy he and his team surveyed USS Housatonic (the sloop sunk by Hunley), Civil War shipwrecks USS Cumberland, CSS Florida, Revolutionary War shipwrecks lost in Penobscot River, Maine, WWII wrecks lost off Normandy, France, searched for Capt John Paul Jones’ Bonhomme Richard, and surveyed the lost War of 1812 fleet of Commodore Joshua Barney scuttled in the Patuxent River, Maryland just days before Washington DC was burned by the British.
The Hanley is now at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, S.C. More information about the Hanley and visiting the Center is available on the Friends of the Huntley Web site.
Dinner menu: Chilled vichyssoise, sauteed herb crusted flounder with lemon caper sauce, served with grilled asparagus and wild rice blend, and flourless chocolate cake with fresh berries.
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Robert Neyland on: Archaeology of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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