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Maritime Research Division


Diver of the Quarter: Robert Costello

By Nate Fulmer, MRD

 Each quarter, this award 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.  Four times a year, we pick a licensee that resembles one or more of these noteworthy traits.  

 The honor of Hobby Diver of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter of 2015 goes to licensee Robert Costello (#4563).

This isn't the first time Bob has been recognized for his outstanding work under the auspices of the Hobby Diver License program.  He has been a licensed hobby diver since 2008.  Bob has found some outstanding artifacts while collecting in South Carolina, and his primary interest is lithic tools and lithic debitage found in the upper coastal plain.  His reports to us are always among the most exemplary we see each quarter.   Bob consistently includes detailed information about each sites where he collects his finds. His site recordings are a great example of ethical collection methodology and he goes the extra mile when asked for additional information, though we seldom have to do that because Bob's reports are so comprehensive.  The photo above is an excellent sample of his work. As you can see, it is a well-composed shot showing both sides of the artifact and scale for reference.  In addition, his maps are clearly labeled and include fixed coordinates, which we certainly appreciate.  Thanks again for the great work you do Bob, we are grateful to have you involved with the program and always look forward to seeing your finds!

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.