MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Florida Institute of Technology Foosaner Art Museum will present undersea explorer Robert Marx June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Harris Community Auditorium. His free lecture is titled “Underwater Archaeology Around the World.”
Marx will share his life-long odyssey of exploring ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities in over 60 countries. His explorations began at age 13 with the discovery of a California gold rush ship loaded with gold coins and climaxed with his recent excavation of a Spanish galleon lost in 1654 off the coast of Ecuador, netting vast treasures. He is now preparing for a deep water shipwreck excavation using a manned-submersible near the Azore Islands in the Mid-Atlantic.
He has authored 64 books and over 900 popular articles and archaeological reports and has been knighted in three countries. For example, he was decorated a Knight Commander in the Order of Isabella the Catholic by the Spanish government for his re-enactment of the “Nina II” of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage of exploration.
“Almost all of my life has been devoted to the field of underwater archaeology. The focus of my research has mainly been on the Spanish treasure fleets, shipwrecks, naval warfare, ship construction, pre-Columbian voyages to the New World and the history of diving and salvage,” said Marx.
More information on Marx is available on his website: www.ssssllc.com.
The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Old Eau Gallie District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. General admission is $5; $3, seniors; $2, children and students with I.D.; free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with I.D. Thursdays are free for everyone. For more information, call (321) 674-8916 or visit http://www.foosanerartmuseum.org.