This heavily illustrated book is written by top archaeologists who study Florida's sunken heritage in unique underwater sites.Learn from them the secrets at the bottom of springs and rivers, discover drowned prehistoric waterfront neighborhoods, paddle into the past on ancient canoes, swim across wrecked Spanish galleons and slave ships, record the contents of a Civil War troop transport, and study waterlogged artifacts in the laboratory.
Submerged History takes readers on professionally guided tours along the broad spectrum of Florida's hidden, watery past to illustrate what these fascinating sites can reveal about the people who came before us.
Dr. Roger C. Smith served as State Underwater Archaeologist for the Florida Division of Historical Resources for almost three decades. He worked on shipwrecks throughout the Caribbean before graduating from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in nautical archaeology. Roger returned to Florida to take up the post of Chief Underwater Archaeologist in 1987 and has since done extensive field work on shipwrecks off the coast of Florida. Dr. Smith has taught at Florida State University and the University of West Florida, and is an advisor to the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society in Washington D.C. He is also the author of several books and dozens of professional and popular articles.