Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium – September 5 & 6

HATTERAS, NC August 15, 2014 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields. The symposium takes place at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras on September 5 & 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Underwater Symposium

The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts that bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface.


North Carolina Maritime Museum System Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer, opens the symposium that covers a wide variety of topics including near shore and offshore shipwreck diving, laws protecting underwater cultural heritage, technologies for marine science and ocean exploration and recreational diving technology.


Discover what it takes to manage beach wrecks in the digital age and how State budget cuts affect that process and learn about educational opportunities such as the Nautical Archaeology Society Training Initiative and Maritime Heritage Education Programs.


The symposium is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email  Visit the website at


The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC 27943.  The museum is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



About the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of the thousands of shipwrecks that sank off North Carolina’s coast. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s maritime and shipwreck history. Shipwrecks and artifacts associated with piracy, the Titanic, the Civil War, World War I and II, the War of 1812, the Monitor, and the history of diving are the subject of museum exhibits. Artifacts include remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to the mid-1600s. Visitors of all ages enjoy year-round programming.

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The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural, and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony, and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit