Underwater Archeology: A Talk by Raymond Hayes

The Woods Hole Historical Museum marked Massachusetts Archeology Month (October, 2015) with an illustrated talk by Raymond L. Hayes, Ph.D. about his underwater archeological survey of Great Harbor, Woods Hole.

Dr. Hayes, who is a research associate at the Institute of Maritime History in the Smithsonian Institution, finds Great Harbor particularly interesting because it has several unusual features for Cape Cod: a very deep area in its south-east quadrant, providing a deep-water anchorage, historical docks on the south-east edge, as well as the Pacific Guano Company docks farther north into the harbor where ships would tie up when returning laden from the Pacific islands. He will share the results of his surveys both under-water and on the shores.

Old bottle found in Great Harbor (Raymond Hayes)

Old bottle found in Great Harbor (Raymond Hayes)

Ray Hayes is Professor Emeritus and former Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC. He completed his college education at Amherst College and holds post-graduate degrees from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He has served on faculty at several medical schools, including Harvard, the University of Pittsburgh, Morehouse, Howard University and the University of the West Indies (Mona, Kingston, Jamaica).

He is former Vice-President, distinguished honoree and a life member of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean, a member of the MBL Society (Woods Hole) and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Global Coral Reef Alliance (Cambridge). He is also a Fellow and lifetime member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ray holds licensure as a NAUI SCUBA instructor. He has served as an Associate Member of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and is currently on the Ethics and the UNESCO Committees for the Society for Historical Archaeology. He is on the Board of Directors for two international maritime archaeological societies, the Institute of Maritime History and the Stichting Marien Archeologie Curaçao (STIMACUR). He is also a research volunteer and consultant at the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeology Division, D.C. Navy Yard.

Milk bottle found in Great Harbor. (Raymond Hayes)

Milk bottle found in Great Harbor. (Raymond Hayes)

He has co-authored chapters in two books on Caribbean Maritime Archeology, edited two textbooks on Underwater Archaeology and presented research papers before the World Archaeological Congress, the Society for Historical Archeology and the Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference. Within the past year, he co-authored a book on the underwater archaeology of a British steamship, SS Mediator (1884, Curaçao) and published results of historical anchorage surveys on the Caribbean islands of Dominica and St. Kitts. Ray is a resident of Woods Hole, MA and Silver Spring, MD. He is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.

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