Meet the UAB Team

Fort Fisher Office (Main Branch)

Underwater Archaeology Branch
1528 Ft. Fisher Boulevard
South Kure Beach, NC 28449
Tel: (910) 458-9042
Fax: (910) 458-4093
E-mail: uab@ncdcr.gov


John W. Morris, III - Director. Mr. Morris is a Nautical Archaeologist with over 28 years of field experience, with degrees from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and East Carolina University. He has directed numerous projects both in the United States and abroad. These projects have included the recordation of the Confederate raider CSS Alabama off the coast of France, the complete documentation and recovery of a 16th century Spanish messenger vessel in Bermuda, and the decade long excavation of Betsey, an 18th century British transport lost at Yorktown, Virginia during the final battle of the American Revolution. Mr. Morris also directed the first maritime archaeological research project to be conducted in St. Augustine, Florida. This project lead directly to Mr. Morris creating and directing the first independent institutional archaeological research program to be established in Florida. Several of these projects have been made into television documentaries and have also been featured in such publications as National Geographic and American Archaeology.

Mr. Morris has conducted projects for state and federal civilian agencies, as well as the United States Navy. He has also worked for several museums and research institutions in this country and overseas. His specialty is the evolution of ship construction and the interpretation of vessel loss sites. He was the creator and Director of South Eastern Archaeological Services, Inc., a marine archaeological consulting firm. Currently Mr. Morris serves as the Deputy State Archaeologist-Underwater for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology.


Chris Southerly, Project Archaeologist/Divemaster, Digital Information Supervisor. Chris was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He did undergraduate work in biochemistry at Virginia Tech before earning his BS (1990) in Anthropology/Archaeology from James Madison University. Chris also did graduate work in historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary before focusing on underwater archaeology and completing his MA (2003) in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology from East Carolina University.

Over the last decade and a half Chris has had experience working on terrestrial and underwater sites from prehistoric to modern times, primarily in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Bermuda. He joined the Underwater Archaeology Branch as a staff archaeologist in 2000, concentrating on the environmental review program for the state's terrestrial and submerged cultural resources. As an archaeologist and divemaster he has participated in numerous surveys and research projects across the state. Chris turned his focus to the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project full-time in 2002 supervising fieldwork and diving, coordinating data management/analysis, inter-office networking, and GIS development.


Nathan HenryNathan Henry, lead conservator with the Underwater Archaeology Branch's Kure Beach preservation laboratory, has worked on dozens of shipwrecks in the U.S., particularly Civil War shipwrecks in North Carolina's inland sounds and rivers. Since 1997, he has worked with artifact documentation and conservation with the QAR project. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from UNC-Wilmington, and is completing a Master's thesis in East Carolina University's program in marine studies.


Madeline P. Spencer, Office Manager, Madeline (her nickname is "Punk") was born and raised in Southport, North Carolina. She attended Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington with a focus in Accounting. In 2003, after working for many years for a local Accountant, she went to work at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport as the Gift Shop Manager. Besides operating the gift shop, Punk was responsible for publicity, program/speaker scheduling, museum membership, creator and author of a monthly newsletter, creator of the Spring/Fall into History Adult Program Series, War of the Rebellion Program Series, "A Taste of NC Wines" fundraiser, and numerous Adult and Children's Programs. In 2008, the opportunity arose for Madeline to transfer to the NC Underwater Archaeology Branch in the Office Manager position. Her new responsibilities include: UAB and QAR budgets, purchasing, and the necessary records for each, maintenance of historic shipwreck files, preparing a port records database, UAB and QAR reports for publication or posting on the internet and other general office duties.

Punk lives with her husband in Southport and takes the Southport/Fort Fisher Ferry to work daily - "What a way to Commute!"


Greenville Office

QAR Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
ECU West Research Campus
1157 VOA Site C Rd
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-744-6721
Fax: 252-744-6729


Sarah C. Watkins-Kenney, has been Chief Conservator at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology – Underwater Archaeology Branch, Queen Anne’s Revenge Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (QAR Lab) since spring 2003. She has a Bachelors’ degree in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University UK (1977) and a Masters (M.A.) degree in Museum and Gallery Management from City University London UK (1994). She has worked as an archaeological conservator for a range of organizations including museums, universities, regional conservation services and archaeology projects in the UK and Italy. She was Head of the Metals, Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section at the British Museum from 1994 to 2003. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC); an Accredited Conservator (ACR) (by UK ICON - Institute for Conservation) and an Accredited Member of the UK Institute of Archaeology (MIfA). She is also, since 2008, a PhD candidate in the Coastal Resources Management Program at East Carolina University, NC.


Kimberly Kenyon - QAR Conservator. Kimberly, originally from Texas, moved to North Carolina from Manchester, UK to join the QAR conservation team. In 2003, she received a BA in Maritime Studies from Texas A&M University at Galveston, minoring in both English and Anthropology. She is a graduate of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, where she completed her MA in Anthropology in 2012. As a student there, she trained at the Conservation Research Laboratory from 2006-2009 and earned a certificate in Conservation. Her MA thesis is entitled Reconstructing the Assemblage of Iron Artifacts from the Late Hellenistic Shipwreck at Kizilburun, Turkey. She has worked as a field conservator on projects in Texas and Puerto Rico, and she was involved as a diver and conservator for both the Kizilburun Column Wreck Excavation near Izmir, Turkey from 2006-2009 and the Cape Gelidonya Bronze Age Shipwreck near Finike, Turkey in 2010. Most recently, Kim served as Interim Head Conservator for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Bodrum, Turkey from 2009-2011.


Shanna Daniel - QAR Conservator. Shanna was born and raised in Texas and has recently moved to North Carolina to join the QAR staff. She did her undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University where she received a BA (2003) in Sociology with an emphasis in Anthropology/Archaeology. She furthered her academic studies at Texas A&M University where she received a MA (2007) in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology and conservation. Her thesis is titled A Mammoth of a Project: The Conservation of a Columbian Mammoth. She is certified in Scanning Electron Microscope, Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, Historical Preservation, and Conservation (Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation Certificate).


Morehead City Office

Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project
Underwater Archaeology Branch
3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 US
252-726-6841 x157, 252-726-2426 fax