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Featuring presentations from a range of professional and amateur archaeologists, the NAS Annual Conference provides 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.

The NAS Conference
An important international event in the world of nautical archaeology, the NAS always secures a range of internationally renowned speakers who focus their talks on maritime and nautical archaeology around the world.

Not to be missed...
There is also a large exhibitors’ area full of a number of organisations that come along as exhibitors during the conference. For the last few years, the NAS has held a poster session which has exhibited a range of projects and research from shipbuilding to indertidal archaeology, from as far as Yemen and as close as the River Thames. The conference also normally sees the presentation of the annual Adopt-A-Wreck Award. There is also an annual raffle with the prizes drawn at the end of the event. Finally we like to arrange a special excursion held as part of the conference.


2017 NAS Conference
The 2017 conference titled "Discovery is just the beginning" will be held in Portsmouth, on the weekend of the 18th-19th November with social events on the 17th and the 20th November. Early Bird Bookings are open until the 20th October 2017 via Eventbrite.

The conference will be a showcase with many papers exploring the impact and legacy of the NAS Education Programme and NAS Projects on the discipline of nautical archaeology around the world. The NAS 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place on the Saturday 18th November at 17.00.

A display of Posters will be in the main atrium  - poster submissions are being welcomed from conference delegates - please contact us to let us know if you would like to display a project/research poster - email us on

This year, being back in Portsmouth we have arranged an excursion behind the scenes at the Mary Rose Museum with NAS Vice President Chris Dobbs, the Head of Interpretation at the Trust.


The 2017 programme

The full programme and timetable for the 2017 conference can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased online with Eventbrite here.


Our confirmed speakers Include:

Discovery is just the beginning - the origins of archaeology training at the Mary Rose and the NAS, Christopher Dobbs, Mary Rose Trust

The Voyage of Discovery with CITiZAN, Alex Bellisario, CITiZAN South-West

Patrão Lopes, a wreck with multiple beginnings, Jorge Russo, Portuguese Navy Research Centre

Local Projects – Global Reach, Gary Green, NAS North East

Appreciating the Heritage You Can’t See: Impact and Legacy of the NAS, Amanda Evans, Coastal Environments, Inc. USA

SSEAS of Change: Florida’s Program for Sport Diver Engagement in Heritage Preservation, Dr Della Scott-Ireton, University of West Florida.

SubMap - the Archaeological Investigation of the Submarine Resurgam, Peter Holt, 3H Consulting

Secrets from the Seabed - The Antikythera Mechanism Shipwreck, Phil Short & Gemma Smith, Dark Water Explorations

Maritime Archaeology when it’s cold, wet & windy – the winter activities of the NAS Members Research Group, Sheilah Openshaw

Excavating  Invincible, Daniel Pascoe, Bournemouth University

NAS and Service Learning in Costa Rica: Investigating Slave Ships, Fishing Culture, and Oil Rigs, Dr Lynn Harris, East Carolina University

#Rooswijk1740 Project, Martijn Manders, Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency

Warship Hazardous Project - 30 years of avocational custodianship of a protected wreck site, Iain Grant & David Johnston, Warship Hazardous Team

Harnessing the power of the masses – using social media for recording, Nick Reed

Accessing a Protected Wreck – the Holland 5 and Norman’s Bay Wreck diver trails, Mark Beattie-Edwards, NAS


Conference 2017


The 2017 conference has been kindly supported by Historic England, Dive Master Insurance, the BSAC, MSDS Marine, Wessex Archaeology and The Mary Rose Trust.

 Sponsors 2017


Conference Accommodation:

Previous delegates at the conference have recommended the following which can all be booked via

The Royal Maritime Club 

The Queens Hotel

The Holiday Inn Express at Gunwarf Quays 

Keppells Head Hotel