SEARCH at the United Nations

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, SEARCH’s Senior Vice President Dr. James Delgado spoke at the United Nations to highlight the role of culture in working toward a sustainable future for the world’s oceans.  The presentation was one of two key addresses at “An Ocean without History? – The Importance of Underwater Cultural Heritage,” organized by UNESCO as part of the UN’s Oceans Sustainability conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  In his address, Dr. Delgado spoke to the importance of shipwrecks and other archaeological sites for the information they possess, their potential for research, and as tools for engaging the public.  He also underscored the importance of collaborative science and the role of the private sector.   The discussion focused on the protection of underwater heritage resources, as well as promotion of research, awareness, and investment in order to safeguard history.

A recognized leader in underwater cultural heritage, Dr. Delgado previously served as the Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA, as well as the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. His 44 year career has included more than a hundred shipwreck expeditions, including submersible and robotic dives to some of the world’s deepest sites. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books and hosted six seasons of the National Geographic International Television series, The Sea Hunters. Currently, Dr. Delgado is the Senior Vice President of SEARCH. SEARCH is the leading national and global provider of archaeology, maritime archaeology, architectural history, history, and museum services.


June 09, 2017

Dr. James Delgado Joins SEARCH as Senior Vice President

SEARCH, Inc. announced today that Dr. James Delgado will be joining SEARCH as the firm’s Senior Vice President on May 1, 2017. SEARCH is the leading national and global provider of archaeology, maritime archaeology, architectural history, history, and museum services. Dr. Delgado will be responsible for ensuring operational and research excellence, implementing strategic initiatives, and expanding the firm’s international footprint. He also will serve as a public speaker, international delegate, documentary host, and major project spokesperson. He will be based in Jacksonville, Florida. “Jim is an explorer, scholar, and a scientific pioneer of the highest caliber,” said Anne V. Stokes, Ph.D., SEARCH CEO. “We are thrilled to work with him to advance our customers’ cultural heritage projects and programs, as well as our industry worldwide.”

Dr. Delgado joins SEARCH from his most recent position as Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA where from 2010 until now he has overseen heritage programs and active research in the nation’s waters, as well as outreach and education on America’s underwater and marine heritage. Previously, he served a four-year term as President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the world’s leading scientific and educational organization dedicated to the understanding of humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, Canada, for 15 years, and he served as Maritime Historian and Head of the US government’s Maritime Heritage Program for the US National Park Service for four years in Washington, DC. Dr. Delgado also served as the first historian for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay Area where among other duties he participated in the restoration and interpretation of Alcatraz. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books, including The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor (Texas A&M University Press), The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panama (University Press of Florida), and the Encyclopaedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology (Yale University Press). Dr. Delgado has served as keynote speaker and presented to more than a hundred conferences and his work has reached hundreds of millions of viewers as host on six seasons of a National Geographic series, The Sea Hunters, as well as scientific programs on Discovery, The History Channel, A&E, and Nat Geo. On social media, his live expedition broadcasts at Pearl Harbor and at the wreck of the USS Independence were each telecast to over one million viewers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and The Explorers’ Club, and most recently was made an Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain. “Joining SEARCH was a natural fit,” Dr. Delgado said. “SEARCH has the talent, the track record, the international platform, and most importantly, the passion to have cultural heritage make a meaningful difference in people’s lives and in the communities that we serve.”

SEARCH has worked across the United States, on all six occupied US Territories, and in 23 countries. With a staff of over 120 working from 15 offices in the continental United States, Hawai’i, and Guam, SEARCH supports major development and emergency response projects for customers in the Government and Commercial sectors. SEARCH President James Pochurek said, “Throughout his career, Jim has been a storyteller of the human condition. We are honored to work with him to explore the most remote reaches of the planet to discover our common heritage. Together, we will boldly go into the past."

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March 29, 2017

SEARCH is heading back to Saipan and Tinian

SEARCH is honoured to be joining the team as it returns to Saipan and Tinian.


February 28, 2017

H.L. Hunley Recovery Operations Publication

SEARCH is pleased to announce the publication of the H.L. Hunley Recovery Operations, edited by Robert Neyland and Heather Brown, US Naval History and Heritage Command. This first volume in a series, 17 years in the making is a comprehensive archaeological report that documents the recovery of the Civil War Submarine H. L. Hunley as well as the analysis of the objects, hull components, crew remains, and personal effects.

SEARCH is honored to have had Jeff Enright contribute GIS mapping, data analysis and data presentation for this volume, and to have two Maritime Archaeologists, Ivor Mollema and Jason Burns work on the recovery operations.


Click here for the publication.

February 21, 2017
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Orlando Business Journal – 2015 CEOs of the Year: Anne V. Stokes

Anne V. Stokes, President and CEO of SEARCH Inc. (Southeastern Archaeological Research Inc.), is one of Orlando Business Journal’s 2015 class of CEOs of the Year honorees.

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January 15, 2016

SEARCH Wins $48 Million Contract from AFCEC

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has awarded SEARCH a $48 million Blanket Purchase Agreement for cultural resources management services that will include various projects over the next five years. SEARCH will provide archaeology, architectural history, and ICRMP support throughout the United States and the US Territories. 


August 26, 2015

Inc. 5000 Selects SEARCH for 2015 List

Inc. magazine listed SEARCH on its 34th annual Inc. 500 | 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. 

"The story of this year's Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. 

August 18, 2015

SEARCH Wins $25 Million Contract from USACE Mobile District

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District has awarded SEARCH a $25 million cultural resources services Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC) that will include multiple various projects over the next five years. SEARCH will provide archaeology, underwater archaeology, and historic architecture support to the Mobile District and the South Atlantic Division's (Mobile, Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, and Wilmington Districts) customers on Civil Works and Military projects anywhere in the United States (including Hawai'i and Alaska), Central America, and South America. 

June 02, 2015

BOEM Report Receives Outstanding Resource Document Award

SEARCH is pleased to announce that the Inventory and Analysis of Coastal and Submerged  Archaeological Site Occurrence on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf report has been selected for an Outstanding Resource Document award from the California Association of Environmental Professionals. ICF International (ICF) led the multidisciplinary team that included SEARCH and Geoarchaeological Research. The study presents data on significant archaeological sites, Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs), built environmental resources, shipwrecks, potential culturally sensitive submerged landforms, coastal and submerged site potential, and paleolandscape reconstructions.

The award will be presented at the 2015 California Association of Environmental Professionals Conference held in Santa Barbara, California in March.

January 28, 2015

PIANC Dredging and Port Construction Guidance Document Published with USA Contributions by SEARCH and USACE Mobile District

The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) has released the publication "Dredging and Port Construction: Interactions with Features of Archaeological or Heritage Interest." Researchers from eight countries contributed case studies to the report; the USA was represented by the USACE Mobile District and SEARCH.

    The publication is free to download and can be found here:

    PIANC is a worldwide non-political and non-profit technical and scientific organization established to promote both inland and maritime navigation by fostering progress in the planning, design, construction, improvement, maintenance, and operation of inland and maritime waterways and ports and of coastal areas for general use. 



    January 19, 2015