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Robert Neyland

Head, Underwater Archaeology Branch
Naval History and Heritage Command

Dr. Robert S. Neyland is the Head of the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Dr. Neyland received his Anthropology degrees from Texas A&M University, his Masters in 1990 and Doctorate in 1994, and his areas of specialization are underwater archaeology, naval archaeology, and historical archaeology. During his career he has worked on a variety of shipwreck sites: a Bronze Age shipwreck in the Mediterranean, post-medieval wrecks in the Netherlands, shipwrecks in the Caribbean and North America. As Underwater Archaeologist with the US Navy, he was Project Director for the recovery operations of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. In addition, he and his team surveyed USS Housatonic (the sloop sunk by Hunley), Civil War shipwrecks USS Cumberland, CSS Florida, Revolutionary War shipwrecks lost in Penobscot River, Maine, WWII wrecks lost off Normandy, France, searched for Captain John Paul Jones' Bonhomme Richard, and the survey and excavation of the site presumed to be USS Scorpion, Commodore Joshua Barney flagship of the Chesapeake Flotilla scuttled in the Patuxent River, Maryland.