Jaco Boshoff

Jaco Boshoff has been involved in the Museum world and Archaeology since 1988. He has participated in several excavations on land and underwater. He has a Masters degree in Archaeology as well as Post Grad diploma in Museology. He has been employed as Curator Scientist at Iziko Museums of South Africa, since 1991, and oversees the Maritime Archaeology and Historical Archaeology collections.

He was Principal investigator on the wreck of the Brunswick (1805) British East Indiaman in the 1990’s and was Museum representative and inspector for shipwrecks which included wrecks like: Brederode (1785),Colebrooke (1778), and Brittania (1822). He participated in several international projects amongst others the wreck of the Pandora (1790) on the barrier reef in Australia.

Jaco Boshoff has also worked with the US National Park Service Submerged Resources Center on Sites in Florida including the Biscayne Bay and Dry Tortugas Areas.


A major past research project was the search for the Dutch slave ship Meermin (1766) which was subject of the PBS and History Channel documentary Slave Ship Mutiny. He was Principal Investigator of the National Research Foundation funded project, Archaeologies of Antarctica, which investigates seal hunting sites on Marion Island in the Sub-Antarctic.

His main project is the Slave Wrecks project of which he is a co-originator. This international project includes partner institutions in the USA like the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, George Washington University, Dive With a Purpose and the US National Park Service. Research and field work for this project takes place in the USA, South Africa, Mozambique, Senegal and Brazil. As part of this international project, he is the Co- Principal Investigator on the wreck of the Portuguese slaver Saõ Jose that wrecked in Clifton South Africa in December 1794.