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East Carolina University
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Maritime archaeology, underwater archaeology, maritime history, Pacific, Australia, WWII, conflict heritage, aviation archaeology, shipwrecks, heritage tourism, underwater cultural heritage management, maritime cultural landscapes and seascapes, Indigenous archaeology, community archaeology, public archaeology, Spanish colonial, Florida maritime history, veterans programming
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About Me

I am a maritime and terrestrial archaeologist and an Associate Professor in ECU’s Department of History Maritime Studies Program. I received a B.A. in Anthropology from University of Florida and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Florida State University. My current research interests include battlefield and conflict archaeology, public and community archaeology, heritage tourism, maritime cultural landscapes and seascapes, and Spanish colonial heritage.

Prior to arriving at ECU in 2013, I was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia from 2004 to 2013. This is when I began working in the western Pacific on WWII conflict sites but also developed my interest in Indigenous maritime cultural landscapes and seascapes. Before moving to Australia, I was a Senior Underwater Archaeologist with the State of Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research where I continued working on Spanish colonial heritage sites like the 1733 Spanish Galleon Trail.

I am a Research Associate with Ships of Exploration and Discovery Research, Inc. and the Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology.

Recent Publications

Recent Edited Volumes

2019 Soder, S. and J. McKinnon. It Rained Fire; Oral Histories from the Battle of Saipan. Lulu Press.

2015 McKinnon, J. and T. Carrell (eds.) Underwater Archaeology of a Pacific Battlefield: The WWII Battle of Saipan. Springer Press, New York.

Recent Articles

2019 McKinnon, J., A. Ticknor, and A. Froula. Engaging Pacific Islander Veterans and Military Families in Difficult Heritage Discussions. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 14.2:167-181.

2019 Mushynsky, J., J. McKinnon, and F. Camacho. The Archaeology of World War II Karst Defences in the Pacific. Journal of Conflict Archaeology 13.3:198-222.

2018 Lickliter-Mundon, M., F. Cantelas, W. Coble, J. Kinney, J. McKinnon, J. Meyer, A. Pietruszka, B. Pilgrim, J. R. Pruitt, H. Van Tilburg. Identification of a Deepwater B-29 WWII Aircraft via ROV Telepresence Survey. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 13.2:167–189.

2016 McKinnon, J.F. A Preliminary Report of Investigations on the Eighteenth-Century Pillar Dollar Wreck, Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 45.2:457-466.

2016 Pruitt, J. and J. McKinnon. “Go in close, and when you think you are too close, go in closer”; Finding historical records of downed US naval aircraft. Coriolis: Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies Vol 6.1:45-60.

2016 McKinnon, J.F. Spanish Use of Inland Waterways: A Case Study at the Spanish Landing Site. Florida Anthropologist Vol 69.1:5-28.

2015 Scott-Ireton, D. A. and J. McKinnon. As the Sand Settles: Education and Archaeological Tourism on Underwater Cultural Heritage. Journal of Public Archaeology 14.3:157-171.

2015 McKinnon, J.F., S. Nahabedian and J. Raupp. A Colonial Shipwreck in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 45.1:94-104.

2015 McKinnon J.F. Memorialization, Graffiti and Artifact Movement: a Case Study of Cultural Impacts on WWII Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 10.1:11-27.

Recent Book Chapters

2018 McKinnon, J. Second World War Underwater Cultural Heritage Management in Saipan. The Pacific Underwater Cultural Heritage Partnership (ed.). Safeguarding Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Pacific. UNESCO Apia, Solomon Islands, pp. 31-41.

2018 C. Smith, J. Ralph, K. Lower, J. McKinnon, M. Ebbs, and V. Copley Senior. A New Framework for Interpreting Contact Rock Art: Reassessing the Rock Art at Nackara Springs, South Australia. In B. David and I. McNiven (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Asia, Caribbean, East Asia, Latin America, Pacific, Spain, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Military, Museums, Public History, Race, Science, Technology, Women, World War II