Archaeological filmmaker who worked on Titanic expedition to speak on Nov. 4


Michael Arbuthnot is an archaeological filmmaker who will speak on Nov. 4 during the St. Augustine Archaeological Association meeting. Contributed image

From the St. Augustine Archaeological Association

The St. Augustine Archaeological Association and the Florida Public Archaeology Network will host Michael Arbuthnot, M.S., RPA, presenting “Dirty Movie: Adventures in Archaeological Filmmaking,” a behind-the-scenes look at Mike Arbuthnot’s most memorable and adventuresome moments in archaeological television production, including his expedition to RMS Titanic with James Cameron and his recent appearances on H2’s America Unearthed.

The free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room, 74 King St., on the Flagler College campus. It is open to the public.

As one of a handful of archaeologists with broadcast television experience, Arbuthnot has unique perspectives on the challenges and realities of producing quality archaeological programming, and learned valuable lessons from getting down and dirty on camera … literally.

Arbuthnot has worked as a professional terrestrial and marine archaeologist for 14 years across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southwest, and West Coast and in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Oceania.

His research specialties include submerged prehistoric archaeology, Southeastern prehistory, and television and video media production. He joined Cameron’s Titanic expedition in 2005 for the Last Mysteries of the Titanic (Discovery Channel); he has hosted his own television series, Secret Worlds with Michael Arbuthnot (Travel Channel, History Channel, and PBS America), and makes guest host appearances on America Unearthed (History 2). He has authored or co-authored more than 300 technical reports, articles, and presentations, and taught archaeology at Flagler College.

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