INA Today – Institute of Nautical Archaeology Institute of Nautical Archaeology Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:37:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ARVVirazon II Completes Maiden Voyage Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:06:10 +0000 On November 6, 2016 ARV Virazon II, Orkan, Kaptan Zafer and crew arrived safely at her home port, the Yalikavak Marina, just west of Bodrum!  Learn more about Virazon II and the rest of INA’s fleet here.

Virazon II and crew after they arrived in the Yalikavak Marina.

Virazon II and crew after they arrived in the Yalikavak Marina.


“A Life in Salt” Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:02:53 +0000 In May 2014, Dr. Bass was interviewed by Owen James Burke for The Scuttlefish (partner site to The Atlantic), resulting in a lovely article entitled “Life in Salt: A Nostalgic Interview with the Father of Underwater Archaeology, Dr. George Bass.”
Read the full article here.

“So we went to back to the site in Cape Gelidonya where we’d begun the Bronze Age wreck that Peter Throckmorton had found—we all dove down and shook hands.”

Celebrating a “Life in Salt.”

Celebrating a “Life in Salt” with (from left) Dr. Bass, Waldemar Illing, and Claude Duthuit during the 50th Anniversary of the Cape Gelidonya excavation.

For more on INA founder Dr. George Bass see his profile page.

The Cape Gelidonya project with photo galleries, videos and more!

The Ship That Changed History Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:14:14 +0000 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.

The Process
For more information on the conservation work undertaken by the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University see their reports and photo galleries HERE.

The Book
La Belle, the Ship That Changed History (TAMU Press)

The Exhibit
See this incredible project in a new exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas where “more than 100 artifacts and a live-action reassembly tell a story that was lost at sea for 300 years.”

Or visit the museum exhibit online HERE.

Reconstructed hull of “La Belle” lifted from the conservation tank for inspection.

Reconstructed hull remains lifted from the conservation tank for inspection.

Exciting discovery in Tobago! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:35:08 +0000 Dr. Kroum Batchvarov, head of the Rockley Bay Research Project, and recipient of the 2104 Claude Duthuit Archaeology Grant put the monies to good use this past field season! In a press conference earlier this week, the University of Connecticut professor and INA Affiliated Scholar announced that a significant discovery had been made.

Batchvarov and his team, including Jason Paterniti and Doug Inglis, have found what are believed to be the remains of the 17th-century Dutch ship Huis de Kreuningen that sank on March 3, 1677. This ship was one of many that were lost during a fierce battle with the French in the waters of Scarborough Harbour, Trinidad & Tobago.

“What has been discovered is a treasure trove for archaeological researchers.”
— Batchvarov

For more on the Rockley Bay Shipwrecks Project explore the recently updated INA project pages and keep an eye on Kroum’s blog  for further news & announcements.

Read the Explorers Club press conference announcement here

Kroum prepares site plan  Photo: Jason Paterniti (2013)

Kroum Batchvarov prepares site plan.
Photo: Jason Paterniti (2013)

New Position for NAP Graduate Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:41:37 +0000 Congratulations to INA Research Associate Dr. Piotr Bojakowski on his appointment as Executive Director for the Edmonds Historical Museum in Edmonds, Washington.

Piotr Bojakowski at dive site in Bermuda.

Piotr Bojakowski at dive site in Bermuda.

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.

For more on Piotr and the Warwick Project visit:

Life Onboard the Tektaş Burnu Ship Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:58:22 +0000 INA President Deborah Carlson spent this summer at INA’s Bodrum Research Center in Turkey overseeing the publication of the Classical Greek shipwreck at Tektaş Burnu, excavated by INA between 1999 and 2001.

“One of the items on our research agenda was to reexamine those ‘artifacts’ excavated from the wreck but not clearly associated with the wreck; these can be some of the most challenging objects to assess and understand” says Carlson. While working with the stone objects from the wreck, she made an interesting discovery. “Nearly all of the stones raised from the wreck had been registered as ballast, and a good number of fist-sized cobbles probably are.” But among the so-called ballast stones Carlson observed almost two dozen tiny pebbles.

“As I set them aside to examine them as a group I observed that virtually all of them are thin, flat and perfectly circular; then I realized that the majority had come from grid square R9 during the first excavation season. One does not expect to find ballast in the upper layers of a shipwreck at the beginning of the excavation. These pebbles weren’t ballast but gaming pieces!”

Tektas pebbles

The identification is strengthened by the fact that R9 was home to other artifacts believed to be personal items associated with the ship’s crew, including two flat bone tiles identified upon excavation as gaming pieces. Depictions of game playing in ancient Greece are few but one of the most famous is a vase painting depicting warriors Ajax and Achilles playing a board game long assumed to be draughts or checkers. One ancient game discussed by Roman writers is Ludus Latrunculorum (Game of Thieves) which involved moving one’s own pieces in such a way as to flank the opponent and capture his/her piece. R.C. Bell, who published two volumes on ancient board games, uses archaeological and iconographic evidence to argue that each player was equipped with 16 pieces, either all black or all white, as well as one blue piece called a dux (Latin for leader) which had increased power. It is an intriguing possibility, then, that the two bone tiles from the Tektas Burnu shipwreck represent such special pieces and together with the numerous black and beige pebbles identified this summer constitute a Greek example of an ancient game chronicled centuries later by Roman authors.

Tobago 1677 Shipwrecks Project is Underway! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:51:09 +0000 Led by Dr. Kroum Batchvarov (Anthropology Department / Maritime Studies Program, University of Connecticut) researchers are now in the water off the shores of the island of Tobago in the southern Caribbean.

The Institute recently received a permit from the government of Tobago to conduct a multi-phased archaeological investigation of the vessels that sank in a battle at what is today called Scarborough Harbour in Tobago. INA, the University of Connecticut and Loyola University Chicago are co-sponsoring a full-scale excavation of the remains that will have, as its primary objective, the detailed recording of the structure of the vessels.

In 1677 a French squadron assisted by a large detachment of troops attempted to wrest control of Tobago from the powerful Dutch West Indies Company. The two sides engaged in battle at what is today called Scarborough Harbour. At the end of the engagement, the Dutch had lost more vessels, but they succeeded in repelling the French landing party, destroying the four largest French vessels (including the flagship) and retaining possession of the island.

For more background information visit the project pages and you will be able to follow the day-to-day activities of as the team as they begin posting photos and stories to their INA blog.

Dr. Kroum Batchvarov with pot discovered by Doug Inglis.

Dr. Kroum Batchvarov with pot discovered by Doug Inglis.


Support INA’s 2013 Field Season Wed, 29 May 2013 02:58:22 +0000 Every INA project begins with the dream of finding a shipwreck. For over forty years our dream has been the recovery, analysis and preservation of these priceless remnants of human history… each with its own story to tell—a story that can enrich our view of the past and even expand the way we understand history. From Sri Lanka and Lebanon to Turkey, Portugal and beyond, INA Research Associates and Affiliated Scholars will be undertaking projects around the globe this year. Join us as we support the critical work being done in nautical archaeology today.


Publication receives award! Mon, 13 May 2013 18:40:08 +0000 Congratulations to INA team members Lindsey Thomas, Doug Davidge and John Pollack who were selected by the Canadian Archaeological Association as the winners of a 2013 Public Communications Award for the Yukon government publication “The Wreck of the A.J. Goddard.” The CAA’s Public Communications Awards Committee noted that the “professionally presented booklet is clearly written, beautifully illustrated with photos and maps, and puts forth a fountain of information concerning the Gold Rush Era of the Yukon.”

The booklet is available both in print and online as a PDF, and is the perfect summarizing document for the average Yukon visitor, or potential visitor, as well as for history buffs, archaeologists, and general interest audiences.

The A.J. Goddard is one aspect of the INA supported Yukon Gold Rush Steamboat Survey Project, and you will find a wealth of additional information including videos, animations, photos and an extensive list of publications available on the INA website at:

Yukon River Survey article available in the INA Quarterly Summer 2009 issue.

New INA Quarterly Available Online Wed, 01 May 2013 03:33:03 +0000 The Fall-Winter 2012 issue of the INA Quarterly has been made available online. All issues of the INAQ, dating back to Volume 1 • No. 1 (Spring 1974), are available in the INA Quarterly Archives section of our website.

Front cover for the latest online INA Quarterly