Peter Throckmorton
Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton

July 30, 1928
New York City, New York
DiedJune 5, 1990(1990-06-05) (aged 61)
Spouse(s)Joan Henley; Catherine Gates
ChildrenLucy, Paula; Mark Potok, step-son, Sarah Potok, step-daughter
Scientific career
InstitutionsNova Southeastern University

Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton (July 30, 1928 – June 5, 1990), known as Peter Throckmorton, was an American photojournalist and a pioneer underwater archaeologist.[1][2]

He is best remembered for fusing academia, archaeometry, and diving in 1960 to create responsible underwater archaeology: the excavation of the Cape Gelidonya bronze age wreck site. The team he assembled worked under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania. The project would launch the career of marine archaeologist George Bass.[3]

Throckmorton was a founding member of the Sea Research Society and served on its Board of Advisors until his death in 1990. He was also a trustee for NUMA and was an instructor at Nova Southeastern University.



Personal life

He was born in 1928 in New York City [9] to parents Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton and Lucy Norton Leonard[10] who divorced in the 1930s. He had attended Fountain Valley School of Colorado, Class of 1946,[11] and registered for military service in Colorado on June 3, 1946.[12]

He was fluent in French, Greek, and Turkish.

George Bass wrote of him:

"Born in New York, he eventually rebelled against his privileged background, running away from boarding school in Colorado to seek adventure. He worked on various vessels in the Pacific, finally reaching Hawaii, where he learned to dive. After four years in the army, in Japan and Korea, he enrolled in the University of Hawaii and worked on a terrestrial archaeological excavation. Although he never graduated from college, he also studied at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris."[13]


  1. ^ Fowler, Glenn (June 11, 1990). "Peter Throckmorton, Archeologist Of Ancient Shipwrecks, Dies at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Bass, George F. (2014). "Throckmorton, Peter". Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer New York. pp. 7307–7308. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_638. ISBN 978-1-4419-0426-3.
  3. ^ Bass, George F. (1975). Archaeology Beneath the Sea: A Personal Account. New York: Walker & Co. pp. 12–48.
  4. ^ The Cape Gelidonya wreck circa 1200BC Archived 2006-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The Yassi Ada wreck circa 4th century AD Archived 2007-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Pantano Longarini wreck circa 600-650AD Archived 2007-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Throckmorton, Peter; Throckmorton, Joan (1973). "The Roman Wreck at Pantano Longarini". International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. 2 (2): 243–266. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  8. ^ The Dokos wreck circa 2250-2050 BC
  9. ^ "Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton, Jr". Edgerton A Throckmorton Jr in the New York, New York, U.S., Birth Index, 1910-1965. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  10. ^ "Lucy Leonard". Lucy Leonard in the New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Index, 1901-2016. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  11. ^ "Fountain Valley School 1946 Yearbook". Edgerton Alvord Throckmorton Jr in the U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-2016. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  12. ^ U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
  13. ^ G.F. Bass (2014). "Throckmorton, Peter". In Smith, C. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer.