Colonial Shipwrecks of Colombia: Meet the Team


The Team (L-R): Hanselmann, Espinosa, Horrell, Martín, Ho, Diaz Credit: Universidad del Norte
The Team (L-R): Hanselmann, Espinosa, Horrell, Martín, Ho, Diaz
Credit: Universidad del Norte

National Geographic Grantee and Texas State University Research Faculty Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann and a top-notch team of archaeologists from Colombia and the United States are leading an expedition to locate and document historic shipwrecks off of the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Follow along with Fritz’s updates from the field. 

It’s not everyday that a team of good friends and colleagues is assembled that is capable of carrying out the work that we do and being adaptable to a variety of different factors including weather, living conditions, and the fact that we are working underwater.  This team also benefited greatly from the project archaeologists who volunteered their time to come and work with us from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center (NPS SRC).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Juan Guillermo Martín (Universidad del Norte)

Co-Principal Investigator: Frederick H. Hanselmann (Texas State University/The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment)

Project Historian: Dr. José M. Espinosa (Universidad del Norte)

Project Archaeologists: Dr. Christopher Horrell (BSEE), Andres Diaz (NPS SRC), Bert H0 (NPS SRC)

It goes without saying that we had a very productive, albeit short, field season and we are all looking forward to coming back again very soon!  I would also like to reiterate that none of this would have been possible without the assistance and support of the organizations and institutions listed below.  We owe them a heartfelt thank you for making this possible.

Funding and support provided by a National Geographic Society-Waitt Grant, the Universidad del Norte, the Ministerio de Culturathe Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, the Centro de Investigaciones Oceanográficas e Hidrográficas of the Dirección General Marítima, the Agencia Presidencial de Cooperación Internacional de ColombiaHalcyon Dive Systems, Cabañas Anayansi, Dive and Green Dive Centerthe Way Family Foundation, and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.