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Access report published Dec 2014 in the International Journal of Archaeology.

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Byzantine Shipwrecks Shed Light on Shipbuilding History

The Yenikapı shipwreck called YK 14 was a 9th-century merchant ship, seen here under sprinklers in April 2007. Waterlogged archaeological wood can be severely damaged if it is allowed to dry and therefore must be kept constantly wet during its excavation Read full story online at Live Science.

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New Position for NAP Graduate

Congratulations to INA Research Associate Dr. Piotr Bojakowski on his appointment as Executive Director for the Edmonds Historical Museum in Edmonds, Washington.

A native of Poland, Bojakowski completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, then made the move to Texas A&M University to pursue a doctorate in historical archeology, artifact conservation and historic preservation. While there he met his future wife Katie Custer, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology. The pair became the principal investigators of the Warwick Project in Bermuda, overseeing the excavation of the 17th century English galleon in the shallow waters of Castle Harbour.

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La Belle: The Ship that Changed History

Years in the making--with conservation completed 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.

Timed to coincide with this major exhibit, a full-color catalog presents the history of the shipwreck and descriptions of the artifacts it contained. Learn more.

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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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