Charles T. Meide

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Meide recording the ship's bell discovered on the 18th century "Storm Wreck."

Charles T. Meide, Jr., known as Chuck Meide, (born March 23, 1971) is an underwater and maritime archaeologist and currently the Director of LAMP (Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program), the research arm of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum located in St. Augustine, Florida.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Meide was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in the nearby coastal town of Atlantic Beach. He earned BA and MA degrees in Anthropology with a focus in underwater archaeology in 1993 and 2001 from Florida State University,[6] where he studied under George R. Fischer, and undertook Ph.D. studies in Historical Archaeology at the College of William and Mary starting the following year. Meide has participated in a wide array of shipwreck and maritime archaeological projects across the U.S., especially in Florida, and throughout the Caribbean and Bermuda and in Australia and Ireland. From 1995 to 1997 he participated in the search for, discovery, and total excavation of La Salle's shipwreck, La Belle, lost in 1686.[7] In 1999 he directed the Dog Island Shipwreck Project, a comprehensive maritime survey of the waters around a barrier island off the coast of Franklin County, Florida,[8] and between 2004 and 2006 he directed the Achill Island Maritime Archaeology Project off the coast of County Mayo, Ireland.[9][10] Since taking over as Director of LAMP in 2006, he has directed the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project, a state-funded research and educational program focusing on shipwrecks and other maritime archaeological resources in the offshore and inland waters of Northeast Florida .[11] In 2009, during this project, Meide discovered the "Storm Wreck," a ship from the final fleet to evacuate British troops and Loyalist refugees from Charleston at the end of the Revolutionary War, which wrecked trying to enter St. Augustine in late December 1782. He led the archaeological excavation of this shipwreck site each summer from 2010 through 2015. Starting in 2016, Meide has directed the ongoing excavation of the "Anniversary Wreck," another 18th-century shipwreck believed to represent a merchant vessel lost while trying to enter St. Augustine.

On July 10, 2014, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum announced at a press conference that Meide would lead an expedition to search for the lost French fleet of Jean Ribault, wrecked in 1565. The search area was located in Canaveral National Seashore waters, and was carried out in partnership with the National Park Service, the State of Florida, NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration, the Center for Historical Archaeology, and the Institute of Maritime History.[12]

Chuck Meide has served on the Board of the Institute of Maritime History since 2005, and was named Vice President in 2009. He is the co-founder of the Cannon Finders Club (established in 1996 in Cincinnati, Ohio).

Meide has authored over 50 research papers, reports, theses, book chapters, and journal articles.

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  1. ^ St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum webpage
  2. ^ LAMP Team, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program webpage
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-05-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Graduate Student Research, Department of Anthropology, College of William & Mary webpage
  4. ^ Keeper's Blog: LAMPosts Blog
  5. ^ St. Augustine Record, Lighthouse Names Director for Marine Archaeology, 5 January 2006
  6. ^ Best bets on the Net: 8/20/97
  7. ^ Bruseth, James E. and Turner, Toni S. 2005 From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas, p. 40, ISBN 1-58544-347-6
  8. ^ Meide et al. 2000 Dog Island Shipwreck Survey 1999: Report of Historical and Archaeological Investigations, FSU Program in Underwater Archaeology Research Reports No. 4
  9. ^ Achill Island Maritime Archaeology Project, Institute of Maritime History webpage
  10. ^ Achill Island Maritime Archaeology Project, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program webpage
  11. ^ First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program webpage
  12. ^ Florida Times-Union, Archaeologists mount search for lost French fleet of 1565, 10 July 2014

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