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Our Work

The work that INA does would not be possible without the support of our Board of Directors, who contribute generously and annually, as well as the donors and members who helped fund the Bodrum Research Center, the INA fleet, various endowments, and the hundreds of survey, excavation, and research projects that INA associates have conducted around the world.

INA’s principal partner, and home to our headquarters since 1976, has been Texas A&M University. In the 1990s, with the assistance and partnership of the Texas A&M University Foundation, INA directors donated funds that the University matched to create the Nautical Archaeology Program’s ten endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships. The Nautical Archaeology Program, through its faculty and students, has been the primary means by which INA projects have been carried out through the decades. INA researchers are fortunate to work alongside the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC), and Texas A&M University Press.

One of INA’s most important international partners has been the Turkish Foundation for Underwater Archaeology (TINA). The INA-TINA collaboration underscores the importance of Turkey and its role in the history of underwater archaeology. Another invaluable Turkish partner is the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where INA artifacts are kept and displayed for the public. INA has also benefited from the invaluable help of the National Geographic Society, which has supported a number of major INA excavations and made it possible for INA to share what we find with the world, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which has also funded a number of INA projects in a profoundly meaningful way.

Nautical Archaeology Program Faculty at Texas A&M University
Current Faculty
Emeritus Faculty


† Deceased

Supporting Institutions
The list of institutional supporters and collaborators, which includes libraries, museums, educational organizations, and charitable funds, is too long to list here, but includes
  • American Journal of Archaeology
  • American Research Institute in Turkey
  • American School of Classical Studies
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Artec
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Centre Camille Jullian
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
  • Council of American Maritime Museums
  • Département des recherches archéologiques subaquatiques et sous-marines (DRASSM)
  • Ed Rachal Foundation
  • Honor Frost Foundation
  • Ikelite
  • Institute for Aegean Prehistory
  • International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
  • Israel Antiquities Authority
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
  • Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund
  • National Maritime Heritage Program of the National Park Service
  • National Maritime Historical Society
  • Nautical Archaeology Society
  • Nautical Research Guild
  • Partner University Fund
  • The PAST Foundation
  • RPM Nautical Foundation
  • Subsalve, Inc.
  • Texas Historical Foundation
  • LLC
  • Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage Protection Section
  • University Ca’Foscari
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Haifa
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Yalıkavak Marina