CANCELED-Hidden Beneath the Waves: Exploring the Underwater Cultural Heritage of North Carolina

Event Description:
In light of Governor Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, this event has been canceled. While we are disappointed not to be able to offer this experience, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is always our first priority. If this event is rescheduled, we will announce new dates in the future.
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North Carolina's Outer Banks, known for its beautiful beaches and dangerous shoals, are also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. But North Carolina waters also include the second largest estuary in the United States, seventeen river basins, and three large natural inland lakes. Over 9% of the state (5,100 square miles) is covered by water. Hidden under these waters are thousands of shipwrecks from 4,400-year-old Native American dugout canoes to ships sunk by German U-boats (submarines) during World War II. These shipwrecks hold information about changing technologies, cultural and physical landscapes, and offer stories of North Carolina’s extensive maritime heritage. Chris Southerly, Deputy State Archaeologist with the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the NC Office of State Archaeology, and Tane Casserley, Maritime Archaeologist and Resource Protection and Permit Coordinator for NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, talk about their inter-agency partnerships to discover, research, protect, and manage these invaluable resources; DNCR inland from the 3-mile limit and NOAA out from the 3-mile limit to the continental shelf.

This lecture will take place twice, on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm.

This program is free, however, RSVP is required to reserve a seat. Space is limited.
Please call: (828) 296-7230 ext. 221 or email

This event is part of Submerged NC 2020!

Presented by: Tane Casserley and Chris Southerly

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