John O’Shea is the Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (UMMAA), and the Emerson F. Greenman Collegiate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology. He received his PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology at Cambridge University in 1979. In addition to underwater research, he is active in terrestrial archaeology in the Great Lakes region and in the Bronze Age of Eastern Europe.
O’Shea is the director of the Museum’s Archaeology Underwater Program which investigates both historic era shipwrecks and submerged prehistoric settlements, with a particular focus on Lake Huron in the North American Great Lakes. The program’s historic investigations have included coastal and shallow water surveys of shipwrecks and their scattered debris on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, collaboration in wreck documentation at Drummond Island, and most recently a summer training school in underwater survey methods. The program’s prehistoric investigations have focused on the Lake Stanley low water stage and the human occupation and use of the now submerged Alpena-Amberley Ridge in central Lake Huron.
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