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Maritime Research Division

Hobby Diver of the Quarter: Jason Thompson

By Nate Fulmer, MRD

     Each quarter, this section of the newsletter is devoted to the hobby diver(s) who go above and beyond the call of duty.  He/she has submitted excellent reports, been an exceptional volunteer, has gone out of their way to preserve cultural and/or natural heritage in the state, or has been a general inspiration to other licensees, the public, or us. Each quarter we will pick a licensee that resembles one or more of these noteworthy traits.  Hopefully, it will be you!  If you know of someone who fits some or all of these categories and would like to nominate them, please send us a brief email of who and why you think they should be Hobby Diver of the Quarter.  The honor of Hobby Diver of the Quarter for Quarter 1 2015 goes to licensee Jason Thompson (#4997).

    This isn't the first time Jason has been recognized for his outstanding work with us.  Jason works for Charleston Water and has been a licensed hobby diver since 2010.  Jason has found some amazing artifacts while diving, but his primary interest is fossilized material.  His reports to us and Dave Cicimurri at the State Museum continue to be exemplary and he always includes detailed information about the sites where he collected his finds. Jason frequents Fossil Shows as an exhibitor and exemplifies ethical collection methods.  He goes the extra mile when asked for additional information and he has generously donated many artifacts to SCIAA so archaeologists and others can study and appreciate them further.  In February, Jason donated a beautiful stoneware jug several boxes of prehistoric and historic ceramics to us.  Many of these donations have made their way into our educational collection and will be used by students during our Artifact Identification Workshops.  In March, Jason and I had a chance to sit down over lunch to discuss ways we can work together with the local dive and fossil hunting communities to improve the Hobby Diver program and increase awareness of South Carolina's cultural and paleontological past.

Thank you, Jason!  You are an inspiration to us all.