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Discovery is just the beginning
Promoting the preservation, protection and research of our nautical heritage.

Help Save The London

Please help us to raise £200,000 to support the work of The London Shipwreck Trust to advance, promote and provide for the preservation of the amazing London shipwreck in the Thames Estuary and its artefacts for public benefit and to protect it for future generations. Discover more here...

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Target amount: £200,000.00

Amount raised: £10,373.72

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Support our Work

Without you — our supporters, members and sponsors — we would not be able to do our work, protecting our global nautical heritage. Join us if you too have a passion for our maritime past and want to get involved, on the foreshore or under water. You will learn that discovery really is just the beginning...

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International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology is a forum for the exchange of ideas and research relevant to all aspects of nautical and maritime archaeology. Discover more about our journal here...

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eLearning

NEW FOR 2021: We are excited to launch brand new versions of our award winning eLearning courses to help you begin your archaeological training from the comfort of your own home. There are three courses available, with each made up of a series of modules which include images, videos, animations and quizzes. Discover more about our eLearning courses here....

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Join Us or Renew

Indulge your passion for nautical archaeology, and help us explore, preserve and record the world’s intertidal and underwater heritage for future generations. Discover more about us here...

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Dive Club

NASAC is a volunteer run archaeological dive club affiliated to the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and is run by NAS members for NAS members. Our purpose is to provide project-based archaeological diving opportunities for NAS members. Discover more about NASAC here....

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Under The Water Webinars

In 2021 the NAS, supported by the Honor Frost Foundation, is excited to be hosting monthly talks on a wide range of topics. The "Under the Water" Webinar Series is open for all to join - dive in to explore the fascinating world of underwater cultural heritage. Discover more about the series here...

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Shipwreck Archaeology in the Dutch Caribbean

This summer, NAS member Richard Adamczyk joined an underwater archaeological field school on the small Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius. Find out more about Richard's adventure here...

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Annual Conference

On the 20th and 21st November 2021 we are excited to be hosting a virtual event on the Pheedloop conference platform celebrating 50 years of nautical archaeology and 50 years of the IJNA. Call for papers now open. Find out more here......

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What really goes into making a wreck exhibition?

Spend a weekend in Portsmouth exploring museum exhibitions, learning how they are created and then make a mini-version of your own exhibition. Participants will gain an appreciation for what goes into to creating an exhibition and will learn how to critically evaluate museum displays. You'll never look at a museum the same way again. Discover more here...

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Location: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard,Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, , Portsmouth

Events

  • FULLY BOOKED: Identification of Bricks for Archaeological Sites

    Bricks are an amazingly useful artefact type for dating archaeological sites. Come to the UK’s only Brick Museum and learn the key features that might help you identify a shipwreck or foreshore structure. Find out how brick making has changed from Roman times, through the mediaeval period and the industrial age. You’ll also have the chance to make a brick for yourself. Read more

  • FULLY BOOKED: Coracle Making

    Come and make a coracle using traditional methods and mostly traditional materials - and then test its floating properties! Read more

  • FULLY BOOKED: Holland No.5 and Normans' Bay Protected Wrecks Day

    FULL - RESERVE LIST ONLY - A chance to dive two of the UK’s protected wrecks in one day. A morning dive on the Holland 5 submarine (32m) followed by the wreck trail around the cannon on the 17th century Normans' Bay site (12m). Read more

  • FULLY BOOKED: NAS/Seasearch Observer Course

    FULLY BOOKED: At this in person course, find out what an amazing habitat for wildlife wrecks are! Find out what marine critters you’re likely to encounter on a wreck and how you can contribute to the recording and reporting of our threatened marine life. Discover more here... Read more

Latest

  • Better Late Than Never - Two Days of Protected Wreck Diving

    While Neil Cooper has only been a NAS member for a couple of years, he’s certainly packed a lot in during that time. Here he writes about his recent experiences of back-to-back Protected Wreck Days. Discover more here... Read more

  • Conservation Support for Protected Wrecks

    Historic England, MSDS Marine and the Nautical Archaeology Society have announced a grant of £13,000 from the Aurelius Trust and the Headley Trust to help fund the conservation of artefacts exposed on the seabed at protected wreck sites that are recovered by these volunteers because they are at risk of being lost for ever. Discover more here... Read more

  • Annual Conference

    On the 20th and 21st November 2021 we are excited to be hosting a virtual event on the Pheedloop conference platform celebrating 50 years of nautical archaeology and 50 years of the IJNA. Call for papers now open. Find out more here...... Read more

  • CT scan for free

    Dave Johnston, from the Warship Hazardous Project Group describes how a national scheme for providing free access to state-of-the-art University X-ray computed tomography (CT) facilities allowed the group to examine ordnance from a 1706 shipwreck. Discover more here... Read more