Academic, storyteller, archaeologist, executive… throughout his many-faceted life and career, Jim has been as keen to learn as he is skilled to teach and share his knowledge and experiences. Learn more about the many roles and passions that make up the life and career of James Delgado.

Archaeologist

As an archaeologist, Jim has worked on land and at sea, on sites thousands of years old and sites as recent as the beginning stages of the Cold War. That has meant working around the world in dozens of countries, and yes, on the “Seven Seas” (plus a few other bodies of water)…. learn more.
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Author

Jim is the author, co-author or editor of over 32 books as well as numerous articles and archaeological reports covering a wide range of subjects related to the histories of shipwrecks. In his newest book, Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare, he recreates the story of the sub from the bottom up–that is, through eerie photographs of subs at the bottom of the sea. The book explores all of the submarine’s triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures in this fascinating and compelling illustrated history. Browse selected titles.

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Personal Biography

“My quest to become an archaeologist began when I was very young at age 10 and has continued through the years thanks to many mentors. Archaeology made a big impression on me because construction a few miles away from our home unearthed the remains of thousands of years of occupation by the first people to live there, the Ohlone.”  Read more.
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Professional History

Dr. Delgado is currently the Director of the Maritime Heritage Program at NOAA, formerly the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia for 15 years. Previously, he was the head of the U.S. government’s maritime preservation program and was the maritime historian for the U.S. National Park Service. Dr. Delgado co-hosted The Sea Hunters along with best-selling author Clive Cussler, from 2001 to 2006. Download full resume
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Storyteller

“James Delgado’s presentation was excellent. I thought he hit the target for our audience, which consisted of 1500 people, mostly families. The program was very informative, and presented in a way that made people feel that James really appreciates what he is doing and enjoys sharing it with others. I heard the term “inspiring” by several people when asked how they liked the program.” - Kevin Schindler, 2006 Flagstaff Festival of Science participant  – Booking information
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