AIA Lecturer/Host: James Delgado
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host James Delgado is an archaeologist, historian, museum director, and preservationist who has written extensively on underwater archaeology with some 32 titles including his most recent book, Misadventures of a Civil War Submarine: Iron, Gunpowder and Pearls. Director of Maritime Heritage for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Dr. Delgado has participated in and led shipwreck projects worldwide including serving as project historian for the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, the documentation of the Civil War submarine Explorer, the excavation of the Civil War blockade runner Mary Celestia, and the recent mapping of the Civil war warship USS Hatteras. He appears frequently on the History Channel, National Geographic, and was host of National Geographic’s “The Sea Hunters” with author Clive Cussler. Dr. Delgado is a long serving member of the AIA who has lectured on the AIA’s national circuit for the past two decades and to excellent reviews on several AIA-sponsored cruises throughout the world.