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ANMM Inspiring Stories Marc-Andre Bernier: Head Underwater Archaeology, Parks Canada - 10 October 2017 Stream 1 - 14:00

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ANMM Inspiring Stories Marc-Andre Bernier: Head Underwater Archaeology, Parks Canada


Classifications: Enabled, Events Not to be missed, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: Australian National Maritime Museum



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Date: 10 October 2017

Start Time: 14:00

End Time: 14.50

Duration: 50 mins

Closing Date: Bookings Close 08-Oct-2017

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 4

Non-DEC Positions: 4

Price: free

KLA Syllabus: Primary,Secondary

KLA Stage/s: Stage 3,Stage 4,Stage 5

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KLA Keyword/s: Underwater Archaeology: history; careers


Event Overview: Marc-André Bernier is the Head of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology team for which he has worked since 1990. With this organization, he has worked all over Canada in numerous National Parks, Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites and has directed many notable projects including the excavation of the shipwreck of the Elizabeth and Mary, part of Sir William Phips’ fleet that besieged Quebec City in 1690, and the archaeological survey that led to the discovery of a World War II American plane in the St. Lawrence River. He was board Member of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology of which he is the former Chair and a member of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage. He has also participated in underwater archaeology projects in France, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia and the United States. More recently, the Underwater Archaeology team that he manages led the search for the missing ships from Sir John Franklin’s 1845 Expedition. He was of one the first archaeologists to dive on both HMS Erebus and HMS Terror after their discovery in the Canadian Arctic in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

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Additional Booking Instructions: In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men sailed from England on HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, hopeful to find the final link of the Northwest Passage. Both ships were abandoned in 1848, and it was believed that the crews walked to their deaths across the Arctic. In the decades that followed, search expeditions brought back relics, some written documents and numerous accounts from the Inuit giving some information on the grim fate of the Franklin Expedition crews. However, the recent discoveries of HMS Erebus in 2014 and of HMS Terror in 2016 re-open the interpretation of what happened to Franklin’s men as they tried to escape the Arctic. Both wrecks are extremely well-preserved in the cold waters of the Canadian Arctic, rising from the sea floor up to the upper-deck.

Join us for another of our engaging Inspiring Stories where students will have the opportunity to listen to and question Marc-Andre about his experiences and life as an archaeologist.

Further Information: The Australian National Maritime Museum��s Inspiring Stories series is about connecting students with people who are doing extraordinary things to inspire students to think out of the box and to consider other alternatives in their careers/ life choices. The presentations allows the speakers to share with the students why they have chosen or followed the path they have taken, experiences they have had and what they hope to achieve in the future.

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