Urban Archaeologists Dive Into History
Gene Ritter and a group of other modern day urban archaeologists provide a valuable service in various programs to educate us through relics of our past.
The Cultural Research Divers website states:
Cultural Research Divers has been bringing our Research Diving programs to schools and other educational venues since 1987. We've been instrumental in many of the positive changes in our community; environmentally, economically, and developmentally. We've brought our discoveries to thousands of children throughout all of New York, in an effort to share our knowledge of the ocean and our love for our historic shorelines.
Working with local and statewide partnerships the organization continue to provide public and private programs to help communities preserve and revitalize our culture by providing a new awareness to the historic and archaeological resources around us.
Take a voyage through their wonderful website full of valuable information, tons of still and moving images along with a visit to marine life in the Virtual Aquarium.
(Or click shark image to watch video)
Artifacts found at foot of Steeplechase Pier
The site even includes a Coney Island page:
The Research Divers have a Coney Island web page because so much of our history comes from this place. As you will see our humble beginnings began in the early 1970's. Come explore with us as we take you back in time to the early years of Marine Science in Brooklyn's Famed Coney Island.