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La Belle: The Ship that Changed History

After nearly 17 years of conservation--much of the work done at the Texas A&M Conservation Research Laboratory--the timbers and artifacts of La Belle will be on featured in a multi-facted 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

Charlestown, Nevis– The Nevis Historical & Conservation Society (NHCS) is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Charlestown’s Alexander Hamilton Museum: “HMS Solebay, Shipwreck from 1782.” ZIZ National Broadcasting Corporation of St. Kitts & Nevis

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.

Browse the 2013-14 Lineup of AIA Lectures

The AIA's 118th year of its Lecture Program begins in September 2013, and will run through May 2014. Lectures are free to the public, and all are welcome. Top scholars from North America and abroad will be presenting a wide range of current archaeological topics at Societies throughout the United States and Canada. Click here for a listing of lectures related to nautical archaeology, some to be given by INA Research Associates and Affiliated Scholars.

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.

The new Underwater Archaeology Department of the Institute of Archaeology (In Vietnamese: Phòng Khảo cổ học Dưới nước) formally started operations on the 1st of July, 2013 with Dr. Le Thi Lien nominated as Head of the department. Dr. Le has been the co-leader of the INA supported and funded Bach Dang Project since 2008. The object of this project has been to study the site of historical battles on the Song Bạch Đằng (Bach Dang River) dating back to 1288. Read more.

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

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United States Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone Visits INA's Bodrum Research Center

The United States Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, paid a visit to INA’s Bodrum Research Center this summer. Tuba Ekmekçi was on hand to guide the ambassador through the center and show him the research and conservation work being done in the Tooze Library, Nixon Griffis Conservation Laboratory, and Hethea Nye Wood Conservation Facility. Read More.

"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.

Important Announcement from the AIA!


The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is delighted to announce that, for the first time in 60 years, the Institute will be able to offer funding to archaeologists for excavation projects, thanks to the generous support of former AIA Board Member Lloyd E. Cotsen. READ MORE.