Ph.D., B.A., CREA, CRA, IFA, FSA Scot
Dr. Holley received a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Underwater Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) in 1998. His Ph.D. thesis involved the high resolution field survey of prehistoric underwater artificial islet sites located on remote islands off the west coast of Scotland. Dr. Holley has twenty years of field experience in the survey of underwater prehistoric sites, and has been principal investigator for several surveys of underwater sites in Scotland, Ireland, Greece and the United States. He has worked on field projects for: Leister, Leeds, Cornell, Michigan State, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities.
Dr. Holley has participated in underwater archaeology and cultural resource management projects in Michigan since 1995. These projects have included prediction of prehistoric sites in Saginaw Bay, the archaeological survey of Fayette Harbor, the archaeological survey of the historic shipwreck “New Orleans” and development of an archaeological survey plan for historic shipwrecks of both Thunder Bay and Grand Traverse Bay (in northern Michigan).
Dr. Holley is trained as an operational/scientific diver, is a member of the Council for British Archaeology, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Fellow of the Royal Archaeological Institute and Member of the Archaeology Institute. In 2000 Dr. Holley was awarded a medal of scientific merit for the archaeological survey of Loch Awe (Scotland) by HRH Duke of Edinburgh. Dr. Holley is a senior instructor for the Nautical Archaeology Society.
Dr. Holley teaches cultural anthropology and underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan College and is the chief archaeologist of the newly formed Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve. His specialty is the survey of submerged archaeological sites and he currently leading field projects in Lake Michigan, Scotland, Ireland and Greece.