Underwater Archaeologist Joins UM Rosenstiel School Faculty

Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann appointed to direct the UM Underwater Archaeology and Underwater Exploration program

MIAMI–The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced today the appointment of Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann as director of the UM Underwater Archaeology and Underwater Exploration program.

Hanselmann’s exploration and archaeological research ranges from submerged prehistoric deposits in springs and caves to historic shipwrecks in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, abandoned by Captain Kidd in 1699 off the coast of Hispaniola. He led the first-ever archaeological survey off the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama, where directs the Río Chagres Maritime Landscape Study and Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project. He is one of the principal investigators of the Monterrey Shipwreck Project, exploring and investigating early 19th century shipwrecks 4,500 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico.  Hanselmann is also co-director and part of other projects in Texas, Colombia, and Cuba. 

Hanselmann also joins the faculty as a lecturer in the UM Rosenstiel School Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and the UM Exploration Science Program, through which a Master of Professional Science track in Underwater Archaeology is offered, as well as a track in Exploration Sciences that is run jointly by the UM Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and the UM Rosenstiel School.  This curriculum provides students with the tools to pursue careers in expedition-driven scientific inquiry and field-based exploration.

“The facilities, technology, and access to nearby archaeological sites allow UM to be very well-positioned to offer students amazing opportunities to study underwater archaeology and further research and exploration in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Additionally, the multi-disciplinary nature of the school provides unique components for collaborative efforts in underwater exploration,” said Hanselmann.

Hanselmann is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology, the Society for American Archaeology, a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a Nautical Archaeology Society tutor.  His research and exploration have been featured on the National Geographic Channel, the Sundance Channel, and the Travel Channel among others.

He received a Master of Arts and PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University, a Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Brigham Young University.

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Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann

Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann, Ph.D. joins the UM Rosenstiel School as lecturer and director of the Underwater Archaeology and Underwater Exploration program.
Photo: Alan Franks Meadows Center

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