Charles Dean Beeker

Clinical Associate Professor
Kinesiology

Director - Center of Underwater Science
School of Public Health-Bloomington

cbeeker@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5748

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Education
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1975
  • Indiana University, M.A., 2003
  • Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography Republic of Armenia, Ph.D, 2013
Background

Underwater Science is a multidisciplinary approach to underwater research involving six university departments. Charles Beeker has directed numerous research and educational projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean, many of which have studied shipwrecks in an effort to preserve them as underwater museums. He has extensive knowledge and experience in research, education, and interpretation of underwater resources for the public.

Research Interests
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Shipwrecks as Marine Protected Areas
  • Protection of underwater cultrural and associated biological resources
  • Scientific Diver training
Selected Publications

2013 Maus, M.F., Conrad, G.W., Foster, J.W., Beeker, C.DUnderwater Caves in the Taino World.  In P.  Campbell (ed), The Archaeology of Underwater Caves.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida.  Manuscript submitted, anticipating printing July 2014.

2013 Hanselmann, F.H., Beeker, C.DThe Wreck of the Quedagh Merchant:  An Indian Merchantman Stolen by Captain Kidd.  In S. Tripati (ed), Maritime Archaeology in India, Goa:  National Institute of Oceanography.  In Press, anticipating printing Dec. 2012.

2013 Beeker, C.D., Hanselmann, F.H.  The Wreck of the Quedagh Merchant:  Captain Kidd's Lost Ship.  In Charles R. Ewen and Russell K. Skowronek (eds), Pieces of Eight:  More of the Archaeology of Piracy.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida.  In press, anticipated printing May 2014.

2013 Maus, M.J., Beeker, C.D.  The 1725 Nuestra Senora de Begona:  Ongoing Investigations of a Spanish Merchant Fragata and Cultural Conservation Strategies in La Caleta de Caucedo, Dominican Republic.  ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings 2013.  Society for Historical Archaeology.  Columbus:  PAST Foundation.  In press, anticipated printing Jan. 2014.

2010 Beeker, C.D.  Living Museums in the Sea:  Shipwrecks as Marine Protected Areas.  The Undersea Journal.  3rd Quarter: 43-49.

2009 Beeker, C.D., Hanselmann, F.H.  The Wreck of the Cara Merchant:  Investigations of Captain Kidd's Lost Ship.  In Laanela, E. and Moore, J. (Eds).  ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings 2009.  Society for Historical Archaeology.  Columbus:  PAST Foundation.

2008 Beeker, C.D., Descantes, D., Blascock, M.D., Conrad, G.W., Foster, J.W.  Compositional Analysis of Ceramics from Archaeological Sites in the Southeastern Dominican Republic.  Boletin del Museo del Hombre Dominicano.

2008 Hanselmann, F.H., Beeker, C.D.  Establishing Marine Protected Areas in the Dominican Republic:  A Model for Sustainable Preservation.  In ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceeding 2008, edited by Susan Langley and Victor Mastone.  Columbus:  PAST Foundation.

2006 Foster, J.W., Beeker, C.D., Conrad, G.W.  Una Potiza Pequena de la Cueva do Chicho Provincia La Altagracia, Republica Dominicana.  Boletin del Museo del Hombre Dominicano 38.

2005 Conrad, G.W., Foster, J.W., Beeker, C.D., Lopez Belando, A., Atiles, J.G., and Ortega, E.  Artefactos de Madera Recuperados del Manantial de la Aleta, Parque Nacional del Este.  Boletin del Museo del Hombre Dominicano 36.

2005 Conrad, G.W., Beeker, C.D., and Foster, J.W.  Underwater Archaeology at the Manantial do la Aleta, Dominican Republic.  Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Assoication of Caribbean Archaeologists.  Santo Domingo.

2002 Beeker, C.D., Conrad, G.W., Foster, J.W.  Taino Use of Flooded Caverns in the East National Park Region, Dominican Republic.  Journal of Caribbean Archaeology 3:1-26.

2001 Conrad, G.W., Foster, J.W., Beeker, C.D. Organic Artifiacts from the Manantial De La Aleta, Dominican Republic.  Journal of Caribbean Archaeology 2: 1-20.

1997 Foster, J.W., Beeker, C.D.  The Conquest of a Sinkhole:  Initial Archaeological Investigations at El Manantial do la Aleta.  In Underwater Archaeology edited by A. Danise and C. Lakey, 27-37.  Uniontown, PA.

1997 Conrad, G.W., Foster, J.W., Beeker, C.D., Uhls, L.M., Brauner, M., Veloz, M.M., Ortega, E.  Images of the Conquest:  Scholars in the Dominican Republic Study a Columbus-Era Town and Some Intriguing Rock Art.  Archaeology 50(4):60-61.

1995 James, S.R., and Beeker, C.D.  The 15th Century Shipwrecks of La Isabela:  Current Investigations.  Underwater Archaeology Proceeding from the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, edited by R.P. Woodward and Moore, C.D., 3-7.  Uniontown, PA.