2020 Virtual Conference - NAS That's What I Call Nautical Archaeology

21st - 22nd November 2020 - #ThatsNauticalArchaeology

This year, in light of the unprecedented global situation, we have taken the opportunity to create a special event, with our best line up ever.  We will be using the Pheedloop Virtual Event Platform to host two days of interesting presentations, networking opportunities, exhibitions, fun stuff for the young (including young at heart), awards, a quiz and the famous NAS raffle. 

The 2020 event is being generously supported by Historic EnglandDiveMaster InsuranceMSDS MarineSub-Aqua AssociationGo Dive Scuba Store, and Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust


Registrations will open in September - watch out for further announcements here and on all our social media feeds using the hashtag #ThatsNauticalArchaeology

 Multiple live session streams including real-time audience chat and engagement
 A virtual exhibition area with real-time booth visitor tracking and networking
 Virtual networking allowing face-to-face video meetings and catch-ups with your colleagues and friends


You can dip in and out of the weekend as much as you want 

 The Main Stage - including presentations from some of the best speakers we have ever hosted, some returning to give an update and others joining to present their new discoveries. Presentations from UK, Canada, Sweden, Argentina, USA, Australia, Cyprus, Netherlands, Ireland and many more...  

 The NAS Member's Stage - featuring presentations from NAS members about their research projects 

 The Student Stage - including talks by university students from around the world on their dissertations or PhD topics.

 Quiz Night - hosted by our special guest quiz master

 Exhibition Area - our sponsors and exhibitors look forward to meeting you to hear about your work and how they can help

 Children's Activity Area - activities to keep the young and the forever young entertained over the weekend

 Awards - including the Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award, the Adopt a Wreck Award and the MSDS Marine Awards

 Raffle - raise donations to help support our campaign to Save The London from destruction


We are excited to announce just some of the artists that will be appearing on the Main Stage - with more names of some great performers still to come.....

  • Docking the Amsterdam  - Jerzy Gawronski, City of Amsterdam Museum
  • The Danish King's Ship Gribshunden 1495 - Phil Short, Darkwater Exploration
  • The Emanuel Point Shipwrecks, Florida  -  Della Scott Ireton - Florida Public Archaeology Network
  • Deliberate Disposition, Waste Disposal or Dropped? - Gary Bankhead, University of Durham
  • The discovery of paper from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge - Kimberly Kenyon, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • The Roosvijk - Martijn Manders, RCE
  • HMS Swift Project, Argentina - Dolores Elkin, National Institute of Anthropology
  • Monitoring the erosion and interpreting the maritime significance of promontory forts in Ireland - Edward Pollard, CHERISH
  • The London Wreck: a Kaleidoscope of Specialists, Materials and Artefacts  - Angela Middleton, Historic England
  • Sharing Malta's Underwater Cultural Heritage, Physically & Virtually - Timmy Gambin, L-Università ta' Malta
  • Understanding and Interpreting WWII Coastal Crust Defences - Chris Kolonko, CITiZAN
  • The Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus - Stella Demesticha, University of Cyprus
  • The Vasa - Fred Hocker, The Vasa Museum
  • The Wreck of Her Majesty’s Discovery Ship Investigator (1848-1853) - Jonathan Moore and Ryan Harris, Parks Canada
  • SS Thistlegorm, The Wreck That Keeps Giving - Simon Brown, Deep3D
  • Nautical Archaeology and the Wider World - Colin Martin
  • A tour through the Irish Underwater Archaeological Landscape - Claire Kavanagh and Bairbre Mullee from CFT


Member's Stage and Student Stage

If you would like to present on the NAS Member's Stage or on the Student Stage please send your title, short abstract/summary and a single accompanying promotional image (less that 5MB) to the NAS HQ at [email protected] - Submission deadline is 25th September 2020 at 23:59 (UK). 


Exhibition Area

Virtual exhibition space costs £50.00 and is also available as part of our sponsorship packages. If you would like to exhibit at the event please contact Mark on [email protected]



If you would like to donate a raffle prize to help support our campaign to Save The London from destruction, then please contact the NAS HQ at [email protected]


Registrations open in September - watch out for further announcements here and on all our social media feeds using the hashtag #ThatsNauticalArchaeology


Our 2020 Sponsors

The 2020 event is being generously supported by Historic EnglandDiveMaster Insurance, MSDS Marine, Sub-Aqua Association, Go Dive Scuba Store, and Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust

Sponsorship packages are still available - contact Mark on [email protected]



2021 Conference - Sea Change: Human and Climate Influences on our Maritime Past

Covid-19 Update (09:00 - 6th May 2020): Based on current global situation we are sorry to announce that the conference partners have determined the best and safest thing to do is to postpone the planned 2020 Conference in Dublin to 2021.  Details to follow.  Please contact your travel agent or airline/ferry company/accommodation regarding cancelling your travel/accommodation. 

With the postponement of the 2020 physical event, we will be in Ireland in 2021, in partnership with the CHERISH Project and The Irish Underwater Council.  The event on the 20th-21st November 2021 will be a two-day conference held at the 4 star "Royal Marine Hotel" in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland and will be titled "Sea Change: Human and Climate Influences on our Maritime Past".

The conference will showcase the diversity within our maritime environment and highlight state-of-the-art technology and methodologies employed in understanding our maritime past and how this might be impacted by future changes. It will include multidisciplinary approaches and how cross-border and community engagement enrich our understanding of coastal, archaeological and climate challenges. Submission of maritime papers exploring and protecting our vulnerable underwater and coastal heritage are encouraged. Watch out for more information on the 2021 Conference in late 2020.

Above: The 4 star "Royal Marine Hotel" in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin - the venue for the 2021 annual conference


2019 Conference - Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions 

Ship and ordnance remains on land and under the sea

In November 2019, the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society co-hosted a two-day conference examining how ship and ordnance remains found on land and under the sea help our understanding of our maritime past.

Couldn't be with us ?

Catch up on the selection of recorded talks on our YouTube Channel, or watch them below:

Shipwrecks and Forts on the Swahili Coast: Maritime archaeological investigations at Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania, by Richard Bates, from the University of St. Andrews.


HMS Invincible: Enhancing our understanding of the Georgian Navy’s organisation maintenance and operation of the naval gunnery system, by Daniel Pascoe


Alderney's Elizabethan Cannons, by Dave Parham, University of Bournemouth 


Watch our highlights video to find out more

The conference also hosted the 2019 Adopt a Wreck Award, the Honor Frost Foundation IJNA Open Access Prize , NAS Training Education Awards, as well as the second MSDS Marine Awards

Don't just take our word for it! 

After only being a NAS member for six months, Neil Cooper decided to dive into the unknown and attend the NAS annual conference. Find out what he discovered here.


Our 2019 Sponsors

The 2019 event was generously sponsored by DiveMaster Insurance , MSDS Marine, The Sub-Aqua Association, Historic England , Go Dive Scuba Store, BSAC , Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust, Wessex Archaeology, and Valkyrie Diving and Marine Services


Previous NAS Conferences

2018 Conference Building a Future for Our Maritime Past - was held in Newport, Wales with the Friends of the Newport Ship 

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