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Exploring the Submerged New World 2011

Mercyhurst Makes a Splash


BREAKING NEWS Strong, unfavorable weather conditions have forced the “Exploring the Submerged New World 2011 (SNW)" expedition to end earlier than expected. More photos and podcasts are still on their way. Read the official press release for more info.
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Led by distinguished Mercyhurst archaeologists Dr. James Adovasio and Dr. Andrew Hemmings, the third National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-funded archaeological expedition - Exploring the Submerged New World 2011 - begins off Florida's west coast Aug. 9.

Dr. Adovasio, best known for his discoveries of 14,000-16,000 year-old artifacts at the pre-Clovis Meadowcroft Rockshelter, is excited for the prospects of this year's expedition. He and Hemmings believe that with enough time, this underwater search will lead to finding human artifacts that actually push back the time period of when people settled the New World.

Joining these celebrated scientists are Mercyhurst alumni Kim Smith and Ben Wells. While both took part in previous expeditions, this time both are ready to dive and make the discovery of a lifetime. Both students know their Mercyhurst education prepared them for this odyssey, and the experience they receive will benefit them in a competitive grad school and job market.

For more information, check out the official press releases and bios of Exploring the Submerged New World 2011. Also, Mercyhurst alum Kim Smith will be blogging her experiences as the expedition moves forward.

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