BUAR - Board Members

Find information on the membership composition of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR).

BUAR is the sole trustee of the Commonwealth's underwater heritage, promoting and protecting the public's interests in these resources for recreational, economic, environmental, and historical purposes. BUAR is composed of nine members.

BUAR has six statutory appointees or their designees:

  • State Archaeologist
  • State Archivist
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Waterways Director
  • Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Director
  • Environmental Law Enforcement (Massachusetts Environmental Police) Director
  • Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) Executive Director

BUAR also has three gubernatorial appointees: a marine archaeologist and two diving community representatives. Board members serve without compensation. If you are interested in being appointed to the Board, you must contact the Governor’s Office ( https://appointments.state.ma.us/)

Current Board members are:

  • State Archaeologist: Nadia Waski - designee
  • State Archivist: John Warner
  • DCR Director of Waterways: Michael Driscoll - designee
  • CZM Director: Daniel Sampson - designee
  • Director of Environmental Law Enforcement: Anthony Abdul-Khabir - designee
  • MHC Executive Director: Jonathan Patton - designee
  • Marine archaeologist: Graham McKay
  • Diving Community Representative 1 (at-large): Gary Murad
  • Diving Community Representative 2 (organization): vacant

The statutory and regulatory responsibilities and day-to-day operations are implemented by BUAR's Director and Chief Archaeologist, Victor Mastone.

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