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

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Registrations now open here  #ThatsNauticalArchaeology

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Ticket Price

NAS Members and Registered Students - Weekend Ticket - £10.00

NAS Members and Registered Students - Day Tickets - £5.00

Non-NAS Members - Weekend Ticket - £20.00

Non-NAS Members - Day Tickets - £10.00

Childs Ticket (Under 16) - FREE - Must be accompanied by parent/guardian

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Access the Virtual Conference here  #ThatsNauticalArchaeology

Note: You will need to have registered to access the 2020 Virtual Conference

Download our guide to Getting the most out of the Pheedloop Conference Platform

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Get a sneak peak of the Virtual Conference

We're giving you the chance to get a sneak-peek into our action-packed conference with our upcoming taster sessions!

Join us on Thursday 19th (19:00-20:00 GMT) and Friday 20th November (12:00-14:00 GMT) to explore our virtual exhibition hall, practice networking and catch an exclusive talk on the London shipwreck by our very own Mark Beattie-Edwards.

Make sure you're registered before Wednesday 18th to join.

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Watch our NAS Virtual Conference walk-through

In this short guide, you can learn how to get the best out of the platform and ensure you have best virtual conference experience. Watch on YouTube to access the full list of timestamps and topics covered. 

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

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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 and Students Stage - featuring presentations from NAS members and Students about their research projects 

 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

 Kids Adventure Cove - activities to keep the young and the forever young entertained over the weekend

 Awards - including the Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award and the MSDS Marine Awards

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

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Download the full programme here

We are excited to announce the line up of speakers appearing on the Main Stage....

Saturday 21st November 2020 (all times in GMT / London)

07:30 - 07:45 - Welcome Address

08:00 - 08:45 - Colin Martin - Nautical Archaeology and the Wider World

09:00 - 09:45 - Stella Demesticha - The Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus: 13 years, 1769 dives and counting

10:00 - 10:45 - Timmy Gambin - Sharing Malta's Underwater Cultural Heritage - Physically & Virtually

10:45 - 12:00 - Break - Keith Muckelroy Award at 11:00 - Networking for all 

12:00 - 12:45 - Martijn Manders - The Rooswijk Project

12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch - Networking for all 

14:00 - 14:45 - Dolores Elkin - HMS Swift (1770) - An iconic project for maritime archaeology in Argentina

15:00 - 15:45 - Chris Kolonko - Understanding and interpreting Second World War Coastal Crust defences

15:45 - 17:00 - Break - MSDS Marine Awards at 16:00 -Networking for all 

17:00 - 17:45 - Kimberly Kenyon - Evidence of Paper in Artillery Contexts from Queen Anne’s Revenge

18:00 - 18:45 - Gary Bankhead - Deliberate disposition, waste disposal or dropped? – Developing a new understanding of Durham’s urban past

19:00 - 19:45 - Edward Pollard - Monitoring the erosion and interpreting the maritime significance of promontory forts in Ireland

20:30 - 22:00 - Conference Quiz

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Sunday 22nd November 2020 (all times in GMT / London)

07:30 - 07:45 - Welcome Address

08:00 - 08:45 - Deb Shefi - The Batavia story: 6 decades of excavation, analysis and technological advancement

09:00 - 09:45 - Phil Short - The survey, excavation and research of the 1495 Danish Kings Ship "Gribshunden" in the Baltic Sea of  Sweden

10:00 - 10:45 - Simon Brown - SS Thistlegorm – Project Update For The Wreck That Keeps Giving

10:45 - 12:00 - Break - Networking for all 

12:00 - 12:45 - Fred Hocker - A floating community: getting to know Vasa’s people

12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch- Networking for all 

14:00 - 14:45 - Angela Middleton - The London wreck – A kaleidoscope of specialists, materials and artefacts

15:00 - 15:45 - Jonathan Moore and Ryan Harris - The Wreck of Her Majesty’s Discovery Ship Investigator (1848-1853)

15:45 - 17:00 - Break - Raffle Draw at 16:15 - Networking for all 

17:00 - 17:45 - Della Scott-Ireton - The Emanuel Point Shipwrecks: Community Research, Outreach, and Engagement

18:00 - 18:45 - Jerzy Gawronski - Docking the Amsterdam. Public archaeology of the Dutch East Indiaman the Amsterdam (1749)

19:00 - 19:45 - Claire Kavanagh and Bairbre Mullee - A tour through the Irish Underwater Archaeological Landscape

20:00 - 20:30 - Closing remarks

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As well as the Main Stage, we are excited welcome the line up of speakers appearing on the Members and Student Stage....

Saturday 21st November 2020 (all times in GMT / London)

07:30 - 07:45 - Welcome Address

09:00 - 09:45 - Peter Northover - Copper Bolts and the Navy’s Supply Chain

10:00 - 10:45 - Paula Martin - Kennemerland Revisited

10:45 - 12:00 - Break - Keith Muckelroy Award - Networking for all 

12:00 - 12:45 - Ian Cundy - Welsh Wreck Web Research Project

12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch- Networking for all 

14:00 - 14:45 - Paul Harwood - The ViRGIS Project

15:00 - 15:45 - Nada Kamel Nofal - Maritime Archaeology Outreach Project (MAOP), Alexandria, Egypt

15:45 - 17:00 - Break - MSDS Marine Awards- at 16:00 - Networking for all 

17:00 - 17:45 - Deanna Cunningham - Navigating the ISCA Archive

18:00 - 18:45 - Melanie Taylor - Undertaking Archival Research in Lockdown: Abersoch Beach Wrecks Project

20:30 - 22:00 - Conference Quiz

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Sunday 22nd November 2020 (all times in GMT / London)

07:30 - 07:45 - Welcome Address

08:00 - 08:45 - Jack Pink - The Wreck of the Ocean

09:00 - 09:45 - Chelsea M Cohen - At Water’s Edge: Adaptive Hull Reuse and Changes in Colonial Maritime Landscapes

10:00 - 10:45 - Valeria Shemyshevskaya - The frigate St. Theodore

10:45 - 12:00 - Break - Networking for all 

12:00 - 12:45 - Ellie Graham - Findhorn Bay and the Fauna: two 20th century fishing boat graveyards

12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch- Networking for all 

14:00 - 14:45 - Michael Nusbaum and William Waldrop - An Exploration and Survey of the Confederate Ironclad CSS Richmond

15:00 - 15:45 - Suzanne Marie Taylor - A Little Ship with a Big Anniversary: Honouring M.L.286-Eothen, in the 80th Anniversary Year of Operation Dynamo

15:45 - 17:00 - Break - Raffle Draw at 16:15 - Networking for all 

17:00 - 17:45 - Sheilah Openshaw - Discovery is just the beginning – Finding the story behind a WW II aircraft discovered in 2019

Download the full programme here

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Download our guide to Getting the most out of the Pheedloop Conference Platform

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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]

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Kids Adventure Cove

The Kids Adventure Cove area at the NAS conference has competitions and lots of maritime archaeology activities for children to download and do as well as an interactive game designed especially for the conference.

Supported by MSDS Marine and CITiZAN, you can find our more here: https://msdsmarine.com/kids-adventure-cove/

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Raffle - That's What I Call Prizes

£1.00 per ticket - 25 prizes to be one - Supporting the Save the London campaign

If you would like to buy a raffle ticket to help support our campaign to Save The London from destruction, then you can do so here

Hint: A wetsuit keeps you warm by trapping water inside (it'll make sense when you buy a ticket)

Great prizes include:

  • Signed Copy of The Shipwreck Hunter book - by David L Mearns
  • 4 x Tickets for the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum
  • 100ml size CJS Skinhealth two step routine worth £59
  • Annual ticket to Chatham Historic Dockyard
  • An Illustrated Glossary of Wooden Ship and Boat Terminology book
  • 250g of Power Press Coffee
  • Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland - Louth, Meath Dublin & Wicklow book
  • Warships, U-boats and Liners book
  • RMS Lusitania – The Story of a Wreck book
  • Diving the Thistlegorm (Book)
  • Lego Dive Boat with lost treasure
  • Two Discover Scuba Diver (try dive) vouchers
  • £50 Amazon Voucher
  • A year's diving membership to Vobster Quay (worth £45)
  • £50 Go Dive Scuba Store Voucher
  • A2 Print: Shipwreck Chart of Plymouth
  • Lanosheild 250ml Tubs
  • DiveRAID Try Dives for 10 people
  • 2 Nights B&B Accommodation in St Abbs
  • 1 Days Diving for 2 with St Abbs Charters
  • £100 Wreckspeditions Gift Voucher

Huge thank you to everyone that donated a prize to the raffle. Your generosity is amazing. 

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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]

#ThatsNauticalArchaeology

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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