2019 Conference - Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions

Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea

The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society are excited to be co-hosting a two-day conference examining how ship and ordnance remains found on land and under the sea help our understanding of our maritime past.

To be held in Portsmouth on 16th-17th November 2019 in partnership with The Ordnance Society


Our Sponsors

Generously sponsored by DiveMaster Insurance , MSDS Marine, The Sub-Aqua Association and Valkyie Diving and Marine Services

Sponsorship packages available - Download the sponsorship package details here.

Please contact the NAS Office to discuss how you could support the event.


Conference Programme

The 2019 call for papers is now closed.  A programme will be published soon. Tickets will go on sale at the end of August 2019.



2018 Conference - Building a Future for Our Maritime Past

Our 2018 conference was held at The Riverfront venue in Newport, Wales in partnership with the Friends of the Newport Ship on the 17th-18th November 2018.

The conference presented research in nautical and maritime archaeology, specifically exploring the theme of how current projects exploring our maritime past are helping to secure it for the future. The 2018 conference also hosted the 2018 Adopt a Wreck Award, the Honor Frost Foundation IJNA Open Access Prize as well as the first MSDS Marine Awards. On the Saturday evening we also hosted a dinner at the Coldra Court Hotel, featuring guest speaker, Dr Mark Redknap from the National Museum of Wales.

Five of the 2018 conference presentations were broadcast live on the NAS Facebook page and can now be viewed on the NAS YouTube Channel

The 2018 conference was generously supported by Dive Master Insurance, RCAHMW, MSDS Marine, Historic England, Go-Dive, The British Sub-Aqua Club, The Sub-Aqua Assocition, Motorpoint, 3Deep Media and Associated British Ports.

Previous NAS Conferences

2017 Conference Discovery Is Just The Beginning was held in Portsmouth 

2016 Conference was held in Glasgow in partnership with the SCAPE Trust

2015 Conference was held in Portsmouth in partnership with the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology

2014 Conference was held in London in partnership with the Thames Discovery Programme, MOLA

2013 Conference was held in Portsmouth

Future NAS Conferences

2020 Conference will be held in Dublin (Date TBC) in partnership with the CHERISH Project and The Irish Underwater Council