Institute of Nautical Archaeology... Latest NEWS

New Chairman of the Board

INA welcomes Robert L. Walker, Ph.D. as its new Chairman of the Board. Dr. Walker has served INA for over 25 years, including as Interim President from Nov. 1, 2010 to Mar. 1, 2011.

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La Belle: The Ship that Changed History

Years in the making--with much of the conservation work done at the Texas A&M Conservation Research Laboratory--the timbers and artifacts of La Belle will be featured in a multi-faceted exhibit organized by the Bullock Texas State History Museum with the Texas Historical Commission, the Musée National de la Marine, and Texas A&M University at the Bullock Museum.

Exhibit opens on October 25, 2014 and will run until May 17, 2015. Exhibit details.

2014-15 Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series

View a partial calendar featuring lectures by members of the INA family of nautical archaeologists and scholars! 
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New Museum Exhibit Features
INA's Nevis Shipwreck Project

The Nevis Historical & Conservation Society (NHCS) announces the opening of: “HMS Solebay, Shipwreck from 1782.”

Read more about the INA's Nevis Shipwrecks Project
C. Cartellone. "Nevis Shipwrecks, Project Solebay." The INA Annual 2011:50-53.

Rescuing Heroine

A decade-long collaboration between the Oklahoma Historical Society and INA culminates in the opening of a new exhibit devoted to the steamboat Heroine at the Oklahoma History Center. Learn more about the Red River Project/Steamboat Heroine project.

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Coffins of the Brave

... from the publisher
"In Coffins of the Brave: Lake Shipwrecks of the War of 1812, archaeologist Kevin J. Crisman and his fellow contributors examine sixteen different examples of 1812-era naval and commercial shipbuilding.

This heavily illustrated volume balances scholarly findings with lively writing, interjecting the adventure of working on shipwrecks and archaeological finds into the investigation and interpretation of a war that continues to attract interest two centuries after it was fought."

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This book tells the incredible story of a half century of unlocking the mysteries of ancient shipwrecks. It is the story of INA Founder George F. Bass and his team, who are recognized as the pioneers of marine archaeology.

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INA’s Shelley Wachsmann is joint winner of the Nautical Archaeology Society’s 2013 Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award for his latest book, The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context (Texas A&M University Press) with Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe’s book, Britain Begins (Oxford University Press). The award ceremony took place on November 2nd, 2013 at Portsmouth.

Shelley Wachsmann is the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology in Texas A&M University’s Nautical Archaeology Program, Anthropology Department. Read more.


Still Making Headlines

"Accidentally discovered by a Turkish sponge diver in 1982, the remains of the 3,300-year-old Uluburun shipwreck lie 10km off the coast of southern Turkey."

"...voted by Scientific American journal to be one of the ten greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century." --Heritage Daily

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Surveying the Waters around Ancient Troy
- Another New INA Project Underway!

With the help and support of sponsors, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and the Honor Frost Foundation, we are happy to announce that a permit has been granted for a survey of the waters around ancient Troy and the entrance to the Dardanelles. Read the Blog.

Civil War Blockade-Runners: Prize Claims and the Historical Record, Including the Denbigh’s Court Documents - a Review

Authored by two law school professors and a nautical archaeologist, Civil War Blockade-Runners is the sixth text in a series on the Denbigh, a Confederate blockade-runner that defied the Union Navy in the Gulf of Mexico from 1863 to 1865. Read full review in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 117:1, July 2013. Learn more about INA's Denbigh Project.

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Lindsey Thomas, Doug Davidge and John Pollack, authors of “The Wreck of the A.J. Goddard,” published in 2012 and winners of the 2013 Public Communications Award presented by the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA). Open booklet as a PDF. Learn about the discovery of AJ Goddard, the Yukon Gold Rush-era sternwheeler that sank during an October storm in 1901 on Lake Laberge. More

Bridging Cultures through Archaeology: Exploring Ancient Turkey

INA's Cemal Pulak and Deborah Carlson travel to Washington D.C. at the invitation of the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) to give illustrated presentations at a gala celebrating the development of nautical archaeology in Turkey and NEH's vital role in funding archaeology in that country.

Read more on the National Endowment for Humanities website.

Donate a Book to INA's Tooze Library

Visit, select a title from INA's "Wish List" and make your donation today! LEARN HOW.

"A&M can thank researcher's passion for model ships"

Read this wonderful article from the Houston Chronicle, authored by Loren Steffy, son of Texas A&M University Professor Emeritus Dick Steffy and business columnist for the Chronicle, who describes the formative role his father played in building INA and the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) at TAMU. READ ARTICLE.