To make the best out of the current challenging times, the Nautical Archaeology Society created a series of free online lunchtime talks  from 31st March until 11th August 2020.

Inspired by the popular TEDtalks, our #CovEDTalk series aimed to promote #SelfEducation during #SelfIsolation. The talks were stand-alone half-hour presentations on Tuesday lunchtimes. 

Our line up included a range of speakers on topics related to underwater archaeology, maritime heritage, foreshore archaeology – anything wet and old and interesting! 

If you enjoyed the #CovEDTalk Series and wish to donate to support the NAS you can do so via the link below or you can text NAUTICAL5 to 70085 to donate £5. This text will cost you £5, plus a standard network rate message. Thank you.

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11th August 2020 - Our Final #CovEDTalk

The 20th and final talk in the #CovEDTalk series was titled "Shipwreck Archaeology in Argentine Patagonia: Helicopters, quad-bikes and horses" and was given by Dr Chris Underwood from the National Institute of Anthropology - Buenos Aires.

The presentation will introduce the work of the underwater - coastal heritage research team based in the National Institute of Anthropology - Buenos Aires - Argentina. It will feature the survey and excavation of HMS Swift 1770 and the coastal survey of Peninsula Mitre, Tierra del Fuego, which includes the wreck of the Duchess of Albany that ran aground in 1893 and the search for the Purisima Concepcion lost in 1765.  


4th August 2020

The 19th talk in the #CovEDTalk series titled "Interpreting a Wreck: Sharing the Science" was given by Eileen Clegg from the National  Museum of the Royal Navy.  


28th July 2020

The 18th talk in the #CovEDTalk series titled "From frontier post to Hellenistic city: underwater archaeology and the port of Thonis-Heracleion" was given by Dr Damian Robinson, Director, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. 

Today submerged off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, the port of Thonis-Heracleion is the site of an extensive research programme by the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. In this talk, the objects from the excavations will be used to help reconstruct its rise and fall as the most important trading emporium in Egypt during the first millennium BCE. In official documents Egyptian Thonis became Greek Heracleion, but this was no simple transformation. Instead, the material culture reveals the transition from using Greek imported goods in explicitly Egyptian ways, through adopting and counterfeiting foreign goods and ideas, to finally creating hybrid objects combining both Egyptian and Greek elements in a distinctly Egypto-Hellenistic port city.


21st July 2020

The 17th talk in the #CovEDTalk series titled "A Mile in My Fins: Women in Maritime Disciplines" was given by Deb Shefi, Maddy McAllister, Toni Massey, Wendy van Duivenvoorde and Emily Jateff, from WoMAST (Women of Maritime Arts, Science and Technology) on the 21st July 2020 at 12:30 (London). 

Conversations regarding diversity and inclusivity across maritime disciplines have been on the rise for decades, but often remained discipline specific. Women of Maritime Arts, Science and Technology (WoMAST) saw the importance of creating a centralised space for maritime disciplines to come together to combat inequality and inspire, enrich, empower and encourage one another. Through social media and other virtual platforms, WoMAST has created a space for networking, development, guidance and inclusivity for women and those who identify as women engaged in various maritime disciplines. Learn about what’s happening and how you can activate this space in your community. #FinsUp!


14th July 2020

The 16th talk in the #CovEDTalk series was given by Simon Brown from Deep3D on "The Story of UB116" on the 14th July 2020 at 12:30 (London). 


7th July 2020

The 15th talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by our very own Education Manager, Peta Knott, on "Sandwich Flats - the intertidal site that keeps you hungry for more"  on the 7th July 2020 at 12:30 (London). 


30th June 2020

The 14th talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by Dr Eleanor Schofield from the Mary Rose Archaeological Services on "Science in the service of Henry VIII" on the 30th June 2020 at 12:30 (London).


23rd June 2020

The 13th talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by Garry Momber from the Maritime Archaeology Trust on "Sea level rise, climate change and separation of the UK from Europe 8,000 years ago". 


16th June 2020

The 12th talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by Alison James (MSDS Marine) and Angela Middleton (Historic England) on “The Rooswijk: Excavation and Conservation” on the 16th June 2020 at 12:30 (London).


9th June 2020

The 11th talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by Phil Short on Gribshunden, Excavation of the 1495 Danish King's Ship” on the 9th June 2020 at 12:30 (London).

The Danish King's ship Gribshunden sank in 1495 on the Baltic Sea in what are now Swedish waters. The ship is a time capsule of the time period whose construction and contents can unlock many mysteries of the period. Phil's talk focused on the 2019 Explorers Club Flag Expedition run by archaeologists from several universities to survey and excavate the site. 


2nd June 2020

The 10th talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by Ziad M Morsy on "TradEGY : Egyptian Traditional Riverine Tangible and Intangible Heritage Rescue Project" on the 2nd June 2020 at 12:30 (London).


26th May 2020

The ninth talk in the #CovEDTalk series, was given by Suzanne Marie Taylor on "M.L.286-Eothen: A Little Ship with a big anniversary"on the 26th May 2020 at 12:30 (London). 

Exploring the unique and vibrant biography of motor launch (M.L.)286 from her life as a WW1 submarine chaser, to her life as Eothen and a Dunkirk Little Ship, in honour of the 80th Anniversary of Operation Dynamo: 26 May – 4 June 1940.


19th May 2020

The eighth talk in the #CovEDTalks series, on the 19th May 2020 at 12:30 (London), was given by Alistair Byford-Bates from Wessex Archaeology  on "The recovery of a Fairey Barracuda from the Solent off the former RNAS Daedalus".

During survey work carried out in preparation for the IFA2 interconnector project, the extant remains of a Fairey Barracuda were discovered. The first all-aluminium high winged monoplane used by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, no surviving examples of this aircraft exist. The ongoing research into the aircraft and archives has identified several inconsistencies, leading to questions about the identity of the aircraft, the records around its loss, and wartime production contingencies across different aircraft manufacturers.


12th May 2020

The seventh talk in the #CovEDTalk series, on the 12th May 2020 at 12:30 (London), was titled "Drones, Phones and Intertidal Zones - CITiZAN science on the foreshore", and given by Andy Sherman and Oliver Hutchinson from the CITiZAN project. 


5th May 2020

The sixth talk in the #CovEDTalk series was held on the 5th May 2020 at 12:30 (London) on 'The digital reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo ship', by Dr Julian Whitewright, from the University of Southampton.

Julian's recent article in the IJNA can be viewed here:

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28th April 2020

The fifth talk in the #CovEDTalk series was broadcast on 28th April 2020 12:30-13:00 (London), from Ian McCann from the University of New England (Australia). Ian's talk, was titled "Vietnam's Shipwreck Coast". The talk showcased the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project which has been investigating Vietnam's maritime heritage for over a decade. Two projects spanning 5000 years show the exciting potential for research in this region.  


21st April 2020

The fourth talk in the #CovEDTalk series was on 21st April 2020 12:30-13:00 (London), by Helen Wallbridge from the Maritime Archaeology Trust. Helen's talk was titled "D-Day Stories from the Wall".

During WW2 American soldiers carved their names on a brick wall near Southampton's waterfront as they waited to embark overseas. Find out how MAT are digitally preserving the inscriptions and revealing the stories of these men.  

More information on the D-Day Walls Project can be found on the MAT website here 


14th April 2020

The third talk in the #CovEDTalk series was on Tuesday 14th April 12:30-13:00 (London) given by Dr Antony Firth from Fjordr Limited on "The wreck of the First World War light cruiser HMS Falmouth: Reviving the story and significance of a ‘barely recognisable’ ship off the east coast of Yorkshire."

You can read Antony's full article here: HMS Falmouth: addressing the significance of a light cruiser lost in the First World War off the coast of Yorkshire.  First published in the IJNA on the 16th March 2020.

The Fjordr blog can be read here:


7th April 2020

The second talk in the #CovEDTalk series on the Tuesday 7th April 12:30-13:00 (London) was given by Dr Innes McCartney from Bournemouth University on "WW1 U-Boat Archaeology" and can be watched here or on our YouTube Channel.

Dr McCartney's paper published in The Mariners Mirror in 2019 can be downloaded here


31st March 2020

The first #CovEDTalk in the series was given by NAS CEO, Mark Beattie-Edwards on "Discover the London: Southend's Time Capsule" #LondonWreck1665 #ProtectedWreck . You can now watch the presentation on the NAS YouTube Channel here.