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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Warren Riess

The Ship That Held Up Wall Street

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

An underwater archaeologist exploring beneath the pavement of Manhattan? In 1982 more than 11,000 New Yorkers viewed a ship being excavated by archaeologists at 175 Water Street, then it was gone. Dr. Warren Riess co-directed the excavation of a colonial merchant ship and has researched and analyzed it over the past thirty-five years. In his illustrated lecture Riess will discuss the problematic excavation and the results of decades of research and analysis that led him to identify the ship and discover its history in the developing eighteenth-century Atlantic World. The study of this ship answered some questions about colonial ship design, the merchant trade, and the development of early New York, Charleston, and Virginia, yet posed a few more.

Early in November 2014 Texas A&M University Press will release his book about the project: The Ship That Held Up Wall Street. After the lecture copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Dr. Riess is Research Associate Professor of History, Anthropology, and Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His research and teaching have focused on the maritime history and archaeology of Colonial and Revolutionary America. Riess is the principal investigator of the ship remains discovered at the World Trade Center in 2010, and was in the 1990s for the shipwreck sites of the Revolutionary War Penobscot Expedition and the 1710 Nottingham Galley shipwreck site at Boon Island.

Prof. Riess has published the book Angel Gabriel: The Elusive English Galleon and many articles about maritime history and archaeology in magazines and journals, such as Sea History, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, International Journal of Maritime Economic History, the British Museum Encyclopedia of Maritime and Underwater Archaeology, The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord, and the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture. His archaeology accomplishments have been the subject of a one-hour special for the Maine Public Broadcasting System and of articles in many newspapers and magazines, including Archaeology Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Currently, Dr. Riess serves as President of the North American Society for Oceanic History. Earlier in his career he was a curator at The Mariners’ Museum, a consulting curator for the Peabody Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, and consulting archaeology editor for National Geographic Magazine.

Date: 11/25/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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