Ford Completes First Leg of McCann-Taggart Underwater Archaeology Lectureship

Posted on 1/26/2015 11:41:52 AM

Anthropology’s Ben Ford is the 2014–15 Archaeological Institute of America McCann-Taggart Underwater Archaeology Lecturer. He recently spoke to the Toledo and Westchester Societies of the AIA.  

The McCann/Taggart Lecturer is chosen by the Underwater Archaeology Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and annually lectures to three local societies. Founded in 1879, the AIA is North America’s largest archaeological organization, with 110 societies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The Anna Marguerite McCann and Robert D. Taggart Lectureship in Underwater Archaeology was established in 1985 by Robert D. Taggart in honor of his wife's contributions to the field of underwater archaeology. Anna Marguerite McCann is a pioneering underwater archaeologist with a specialty in ancient harbors and the new robotic technology used in underwater research. 

Ford spoke to the Toledo Society on Friday evening, January 23, 2015, presenting the lecture “Ship to Shore, and Back Again: The Archaeology of Shores.” This talk synthesized his work and the research of others into an argument for why underwater archaeologist should consider maritime resources beyond shipwrecks.

One Sunday, January 25, Ford delivered an afternoon lecture to the Westchester, NY, Society. This talk, “Search for Chauncey’s Fleet in Lake Ontario,” discussed recent historical and archaeological research to locate War of 1812 shipwrecks in Lake Ontario. This research was partially funded by an IUP Senate Research Grant.

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