Doctoral Student, Indiana University Department of Anthropology
Director of Field Operations and Research Development and Lecturer
Office of Underwater Science at Indiana University
Indiana University Department of Anthropology
Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Fritz Hanselmann is an underwater archaeologist and is the Director of Field Operations and Research Development for the Office of Underwater Science at Indiana University. He is also a Research Associate with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. Fritz holds a master’s degree and is working towards completing a doctorate in archaeology. He teaches courses such as Introduction to Scientific Diving and Underwater Archaeology Techniques. Having worked on shipwrecks from a wide variety of time periods, his personal research focuses on the shipwrecks and submerged sites of the contact period and the archaeology of piracy, specifically shipwrecks of Christopher Columbus, William Kidd, and Henry Morgan. In addition to his work with WID and INA in Panama, Fritz is currently working on projects in the Dominican Republic, Florida, and California. In the summer of 2009, he and the IU team will begin the second season of excavations on a shipwreck which the archaeological record increasingly indicates to be the Cara Merchant also known as the Quedagh Merchant, which was abandoned near Hispaniola in 1699 by Captain Kidd prior to his trial and subsequent hanging. In a broader perspective, Fritz is also interested in maritime cultural landscapes, the protection and preservation of underwater sites, and the development of marine protected areas and underwater parks.