...diving on shipwrecks. Eventually, Matt went on to earn his BA in History in 2005 at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC). In 2006, Matt began an internship with the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch (Kure Beach, NC) in which he worked on sites and artifacts from all sections of North Carolina. In 2010, Matt graduated from East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies with a MA in Maritime Studies/Underwater Archaeology. Recognizing the advantages of working in the private sector, Matt formed Thompson Maritime Consulting, LLC, in June 2011. To expand his and the company's capabilities, Matt enrolled and graduated from the International Diving Institute (North Charleston, SC) in 2012, in which he became a certified air/mixed gas commercial diver through the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI). After working on dozens of projects for local, state, and federal agencies, in addition to private marine construction firms, Matt enrolled and is actively pursuing his PhD (DPhil) in Archaeology at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. His dissertation work involves the use of underwater acoustics for the acquisition of positional accuracy in maritime archaeological data collection techniques.
Matt presented his research on the Bohemian Girl, a 35ft fantail steam launch that operated on Lake Waccamaw during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This boat was the subject of Matt's MA thesis research while a graduate student at East Carolina University.
Matt speaking for the Lumberton Rotary Club in which he discussed his career as a maritime archaeologist and the founding of Thompson Maritime Consulting, LLC. Sharing his passion with the general public is part of Matt's mission to create awareness of submerged cultural resources and their importance to understanding the past.
Matt presented the first installment of his Waves of Gray series to the Robeson Rifle Guards Camp 216, Sons of Confederate Veterans. This presentation pertained to the development of Confederate ironclad rams in North Carolina during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Matt was featured on the Ocean Technology Systems Facebook page for his use of the OTS Guardian FFM while working on the Queen Anne's Revenge project in 2013. Matt was hired by the State of North Carolina to excavate and recover numerous cannons and other large concretions. The OTS FFM is a personal favorite piece of diving kit in which Matt is able to communicate with other team members. Not only does underwater communication offer better safety, it is more efficient.
Matt presented to the Robeson Rifle Guards Camp 216, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the second presentation in the Waves of Gray series in which he discussed submarine mine warfare developed by the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1861-1865). In this photograph, Matt received the Stouffer's lasagna award which was to be used while studying at the University of Oxford. It was delicious.
Matt attended the Klein Marine Systems, Inc. training event that was held at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire. The course provided an in-depth look at employing Klein side scan and multibeam sonar systems. The course was instructed by Vince Capone of Black Laser Learning, who is one of the world's leading experts in marine remote sensing. It was a tremendous event that provided TMC with additional knowledge that further enhances our capabilities in the field.
Doctoral dissertation research presentation at the MAGS 2018 conference held at The Ioannou Centre for Classical Studies, University of Oxford. Matt presented his research pertaining to the use of ultra-short baseline (USBL) acoustics for geo-referencing underwater photogrammetric models, and other USBL applications for maritime archaeological data collection. Photo credit: Yong-Hwa Jung, Kongju University of Korea.
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