NAS 2013 Annual Conference – 2nd November 2013

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Featuring presentations from a range of professional and amateur archaeologists, the NAS 2013 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to discuss research, review the archaeological activities of members, exchange ideas on encouraging access to our shared heritage, and network with friends and colleagues from the UK and abroad.

An exciting international event, the NAS 2013 Conference will incorporate numerous exhibitors, Project Poster Display, the Annual Adopt-A-Wreck Award, the Keith Muckelroy Award and the 2013 NAS Annual General Meeting.

A timetable for the day can be found online here.
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2013 Conference Timetable

Friday 1st November 2013 – Informal drinks

NAS Members and friends will be welcome to meet at The Thatched House pub on Furze Lane, PO4 8LT, for informal drinks and a chance to catch up before the conference day. Food will also be available from 17.00 until 22.00 at the bar.

Saturday 2nd November 2013 – Conference Day

The NAS Conference is fortunate enough to have secured a range of excellent speakers who will focus their ideas in maritime and nautical archaeology around the world.

Confirmed speakers include:
    Dr Johan Rönnby, Södertörn University - Mars the Miraculous
    Dr Damien Robinson, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology - Ship 43 and the graveyard in the central basin of Thonis-Heracleion, Egypt
    Ryan Harris, Parks Canada - The Wreck of HMS Investigator at 74° North
    Martin Read, University of Plymouth - Probably the Best Excavation Archive in the World, Nearly
    Matt Skelhorn, MoD Salvage & Marine Operations - RFA Darkdale
    Prof Robert Stone, University of Birmingham - Virtual Reality and Maritime Heritage
    Winners of the 2013 Adopt a Wreck Award
    Winners of the 2013 Keith Muckelroy Award

For a full list of speaker abstracts/biographies please click here.

NAS AGM 2013

During the lunch break the NAS 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place. All NAS members are eligible to attend the AGM. Nominations for Executive Committee officers will take place. To enquire about standing for the committee please contact the NAS office.

The NAS is happy to have on board a number of organisations that will be joining us as part of the Exhibition Display that will run in conjunction with the Conference.

There are still exhibition stands available. If you would like to join us for this exciting event, please contact the NAS Office. Exhibition space is available for as little as £50.00. Non-for profit organisations can exhibit at the conference for no charge.

Call for Posters: Poster Session 2013

Following the success of last year’s Poster Session, the NAS is once again looking for posters for the Annual Conference 2013. Last year we exhibited a range of projects and research from shipbuilding to intertidal archaeology, from as far as Yemen and as close as the river Thames. Poster presentations of current projects and research in maritime archaeology will be displayed in the Main Exhibition Space, University of Portsmouth throughout the Conference day on 2nd November 2013.

The call is open to NAS members only, however Student membership is currently free for up to one year with online memberships starting at just £18. Please see the NAS Membership webpage for further information.

Poster proposals including: Name of author(s), Title, and a brief description of content should be emailed by Friday 11th October 2013 to the NAS Office. For more information on the Poster Session please feel free to contact Courtney Nimura.

Prizes so far include:

  • Dry sack light weight 18 L from Int. Divers, Germany
  • £50 voucher from Andark Diving and Watersports, Southampton UK
  • Diver's Cutter titanium knive from PDE, UK
  • £50 voucher from blue o two dive holidays
  • BSAC Surface Marker Buoy

Once again there will be a raffle for conference delegates to enter on the day. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the event by NAS President, Phil Harding.  If you would like to donate a prize to the raffle please contact the NAS office

Int. Divers        Andark          PDE   blue o two logo   BSAC Logo

Saturday 2nd November 2013 – evening social

On the Saturday evening after the conference from 5.30pm the NAS would like to invite members and delegates to join them for drinks and dinner at The Thatched House pub on Furze Lane only 5 minutes from the conference venue.

Sunday 3rd November 2013, 10.00am – Excursion

This year we are lucky enough to be able to offer a VIP tour of the new Mary Rose Museum with NAS Vice President, Christopher Dobbs. This tour is limited to only 20 delegates so early booking is recommended. Please call the NAS office before paying for this excursion to make sure that there are still spaces available. Sorry but this day is now sold out and we can only add your name to the reserve list.

Conference Venue Location

The 2013 Conference will be held at the Langstone Conference Centre, Langstone Campus, University of Portsmouth.

There is plenty of FREE parking at the Langstone Conference Centre.

Directions by Car: Entering Portsmouth on the A2030 (Eastern Road, becomes Velder Avenue), continue to the traffic lights at the junction with Milton Road (A288). Turn left into Milton Road, then take the eighth turning on the left into Locksway Road (initially follow signs for St James' Hospital). Proceed to the far end of Locksway Road (past the hospital entrance) and turn left into Furze Lane and the “Langstone campus”.

For SatNav purposes, the campus postcode is PO4 8LW. Note however that some SatNavs may take you on a route that is only legal for buses. If the route takes you via Moorings Way, please use an alternative route via Locksway Road.

Directions by rail: The nearest railway station is Fratton. All trains to Portsmouth stop there, but you must be in the front 8 coaches to get off, because of short platforms. From Fratton station take a taxi to Langstone Campus, Locksway Road (about 10 minutes).

Disabled access: The building and all rooms used by the conference are accessible by wheelchair. Delegates with any special needs are invited to contact the conference organisers.

For a map showing the location of Portsmouth University's two campuses and a detailed map of Langstone Campus please click here.


  • The “Etap” is definitely the closest and cheapest hotel to conference building with rooms from £38.00 - £45.00 per night. The Hotel is on Fratton Way only 1.5 miles from the conference venue.
  • The Inn Lodge, Burrfields Road (just off Eastern Road) offers rooms from £70.00 (breakfast is an additional £6.49). The hotel is 3miles from the conference venue.
  • The Hilton, Eastern Road, Portsmouth from £89.00 and is 4.5 miles from the conference venue.

Accommodation is also available at a range of local B&B’s and hotels. Visit the Portsmouth Hoteliers Association for more information. do I book?

Last year the conference sold in record time! So, to avoid disappointment please book your seat early. Bookings made before the 7th October 2013 will be eligible for an early bird discount worth up to £8.00.

To make your reservation, download the Booking Form (one per person) and return it, with payment to the NAS Office via email or in the post to the NAS address. Alternatively, call us on +44 (0) 23 9281 8419 during office hours (only), credit/debit cards are accepted.

Booking Form

For further information please email us through our contact page. This page also carries our postal address for cheque payments. Please note that all of our venues are wheelchair friendly. If you have special dietary requirements, please inform the NAS Office when booking. For your own security, please do not send credit card details by email.

Our Sponsors

The NAS 2013 Annual Conference is supported by:

    English Heritage                                                                   

    British Sub-Aqua Club                                                                                       


    The Sub-Aqua Association

    The University of Portsmouth

    Parks Canada

    3deep Media

    Beta Analytic

    s-3s and Aquascan International

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