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Digger. Diver. ArchaeoVenturer. Yogi. Mermaid.

Academic Biography

Justine Benanty is the “Digger & Diver” of ArchaeoVenturers, a web-based creative platform to bring cultural sciences and global issues to the public in new and innovative ways.  She is a Maritime Archaeologist, focusing on the developing world with strong professional ties to archival research, virtual technologies, underwater heritage management, and youth education. Her maritime career has been driven by her ground-breaking work with the Slave Wrecks Project, a project co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American Heritage & Culture (SINMAAHC), National Park Service (NPS), and The George Washington University (GWU). The Sao Jose slave ship wreck that Justine worked on with the Slave Wrecks Project, was the first ever archaeologically documented slave ship that was carrying enslaved peoples during its wrecking in 1794, and is currently on exhibition at SINMAAHC.

While actively promoting the advancement of women in the field, Justine is a proud collaborator of Diving With a Purpose (DWP) organization as their resident maritime archaeologist and head of their research team. She is a mentor and lead instructor for the Youth Diving With a Purpose (YDWP) program, which encourages young divers from around the globe to become advocates for conservation and preservation through the pursuit of maritime archaeology.

In 2018, Justine became involved with a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the State of Michigan in project that is another archaeological first. Their team worked on the recovery and archaeological documentation of P39Q aircraft wreckage sites from several Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first contingent of African-American pilots in the Army during WWII.

Justine graduated with Honors from both her B.A. and M.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology at GWU. She started her PhD candidacy at Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2015.


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Archaeological Research

Seasoned Traveler  |  Seasoned Digger  |  Seasoned Diver  |  Seasoned Researcher  |  Seasoned Grant Writer  |  Seasoned Multi-Agency Project Manager

Price: Just Get Me There :)

Location: In the Field, Digital, or Archival

I have over 12 years of professional experience in my archaeological career- that has spanned both hemispheres and encompasses both terrestrial and maritime environments.

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