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Director of Archaeology

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St. Augustine Lighthouse
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine , Florida 32080
United States

Company Description: The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Inc. is a non-profit 501 (C3). Our mission is to discover, preserve, present, and keep alive the story of the nationís...   more

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  • BA , History
    Antioch College
  • MA , Nautical Archaeology Program
    Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D. , Spanish and Spanish American Studies
    King's College of the University of London
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LAMP_team, 30 Sept 2015 [cached]
Sam Turner, Director of Archaeology:
Dr. Turner also started at LAMP in March 2006. He traveled extensively in South America with his family as a child and spent many years living in both Argentina and Puerto Rico where he became fluent in Spanish. He received a BA in History as a Social Science from Antioch College where he began to acquire his specialized knowledge of the early Spanish Colonial period in the New World. He did his MA in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University and received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Spanish American Studies from King's College of the University of London in 1999. Dr. Turner has worked on shipwrecks and terrestrial maritime sites in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. He also conducts extensive research in numerous archives and repositories in Europe and the United States working with both English and Spanish documents.
The Keeper's Blog: LAMPosts [cached]
A blog by Chuck Meide, Director of LAMP and Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP Director of Archaeology.
GALVESTON - Sam Turner had no idea where he was going to get enough live oak to supply Spanish shipwrights building a replica of the 1779 brig Galveztown, named after Galveston, Texas.
Then Hurricane Ike swamped the city Sept. 13, 2008, killing an estimated 40,000 trees with salt water.
"This project got kicked off in May 2008, and Ike hit in September, and the connection was made that there is a lot of wood there," said Turner, archeology director for the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum in St. Augustine, Fla.
Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner
Sam Turner, head of the boatworks, gave Mr. Redshaw a tour of the facility and presented the Chaisson Dory Tender, our most recently completed project.
Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner
Speaker: Dr. Sam Turner, LAMP
Dr. Sam Turner uses an underwater lift bag to lighten the load of a box of ballast stones. He will swim the stones over to the day's lifting station, directly under the dive boat, so that the rocks can be hauled to the surface by the crew waiting above. This photograph has been modified with Adobe Photoshop so that viewers can better see the diver and his equipment; if you'd like to see the original version, click below.
Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner
The final lecture is presented by Dr. Sam Turner, the Director of Archaeology at LAMP at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum who discusses the life of Juan Ponce de León and his voyage of discovery to Florida in 1513.
Left to right, 19th century versions of Brendan Burke, Sam Turner, Chuck Meide, Christine Mavrick, and Robin Moore.
Who: Sam Turner, LAMP Director of Archaeology, and Brendan Burke, LAMP Archaeologist & Logistical Coordinator
Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner
Posted by: Dr. Sam Turner
In this heavy surf, its a terrible challenge to locate and inspect the exposed sections of wreckage, as you can see in the video (check out the scene where Sam is totally wiped out by a wave!) All in all, a great day of scientific inquiry, and a great day on the beach!
Speaker: Dr. Sam Turner, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program
In attendance were LAMP archaeologists Dr. Sam Turner and Brendan Burke, along with the St. Augustine Historical Society's Dr. Susan Parker.
Achill Island [cached]
LAMP archaeologist Sam Turner records the hull timbers of the "Train Wreck," a small vessel with a cargo of scrap metal sunk in 90 feet of water.
Meide, Chuck and Samuel P. Turner
2007 Economic Relations on a Nineteenth Century Irish Maritime Landscape: Achill Island Maritime Archaeology Project 2006 Final Report. Prepared for The Heritage Council, Republic of Ireland, by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). St. Augustine, Florida.
Sam Turner, LAMP historian, ..., 6 Aug 2014 [cached]
Sam Turner, LAMP historian, found information about the chalupa.
"What we did, and Sam really kind of spearheaded this, he looked at the archaeological information that the Canadian archaeologists working up in Labrador had," said Chuck Meide, director of LAMP.
For a design plan and information, Turner used the information from the Canadian archaeologists.
Meide said Turner found documents pertaining to the chalupa that was stationed here.
Historical_Research, 9 July 2015 [cached]
Dr. Turner at work in the National Archives. Dr. Sam Turner, the Director of Archaeology at LAMP, is also an acclaimed historian and trained paleographer. Paleography, or the study of ancient script, is a necessary skill for any historian studying St. Augustine, as the transcription and translation of 16th-19th century Spanish manuscripts are vital to our understanding of the former colony. Dr. Turner's dissertation research focused on inter-island Spanish Caribbean trade, some of which related to individuals involved in the early history of Florida such as Ponce de Leon.
One of Dr. Turner's current projects is the transcription of St. Augustine's port records from the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821).
This work is being carried out not only by Dr. Turner but by several volunteers working under his supervision, and new documentary discoveries are being made on a regular basis.
The Caribbean World of Juan Ponce de Leon and His Discovery of Florida by Dr. Sam Turner (Paper presented at the Culturally La Florida Conference, May 3-6, 2012, St. Augustine, Florida)
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