The NAS Monograph Series is the vehicle for the publication of rather more substantial pieces of work than a paper for IJNA or another academic journal. The series is a joint imprint with British Archaeological Reports, publishers of the BAR series.

A monograph is devoted to the publication of a specific piece of research in the field of nautical archaeology and presents final excavation results, rather than interim findings.

The series provides the opportunity for the publication of NAS project reports and appropriate Master's and Doctoral theses and dissertations, together with other material submitted by members of the NAS. It also offers the opportunity for the publication of appropriate reports by protected wreck licensees.

Copies of NAS monographs may be ordered from the NAS shop

The Oru and the Yatra

The Oru and the Yatra monograph published in 1992 and written by Vini Vitharana, was the first extended study of the traditional Sinhalese outrigger logboat and is available online. Simply click here.

With the devastation of Sri Lanka’s shoreline in the 2004 tsunami, the country’s traditional watercraft were decimated. Although these vessels still fulfil the same function as they have in the past, traditional building methods are fast being abandoned.


The Hellenistic and Roman Harbours of Delos and Kenchreai - NAS Monograph 6

This book proposes a new approach to the Hellenistic and Roman harbours of the Aegean, based on the combined study of harbours and contemporary ships, seamanship, and commerce. It focuses on the capacity of harbours to accommodate and serve certain numbers of ships, their cargo, their crews, and their passengers. This is achieved through the study of a variety of archaeological, written, and geomorphological data on harbour configuration, and subsequent analysis relating these harbours with the ships that were most likely to use them. Two harbours are used as cases studies, the important commercial centres of Delos and Kenchreai. The results reached concerning these harbours are then discussed in a wider perspective and contextualized with other contemporary sites in the Aegean, as well as within a wider scientific discussion over commerce and seamanship in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean.

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Ioannis Nakas is a maritime archaeologist and archaeological illustrator living in Athens, Greece. After finishing his BA at the University of his hometown, Ioannina, he obtained an MA from the University of Southampton and a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK. His interests include ancient harbours, ships and seamanship, ship iconography, commercial amphorae and fortifications, subjects on which he has published a series of articles.

This book emphasises a different approach to the study of the harbours by examining the relationship of the harbours with the ships and seamanship of the period. The work focuses on a region and sites that are of international interest for scholars of Roman and classical archaeology, as well as potentially for those in maritime archaeology more widely.’ Dr Adam Rogers, University of Leicester

The author is for the first time analysing two of the most promising harbour sites of the Aegean. Both the material/data of the case studies, and the aim/approach/methodology of the work is new and of great importance.’ Dr Alkiviadis Ginalis, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.


The Gresham Ship Project - NAS Monographs 4 & 5

Sometime in the late 16th to early 17th century an armed merchantman foundered in the Thames Estuary. Forgotten for over four centuries, it was rediscovered in 2003 as the Port of London Authority began clearing navigational hazards from the Princes Channel. Wessex Archaeology were alerted and recovered five sections of the ship's hull and four guns, as well as numerous artefacts.The first report in this two-volume set presented studies of the hull compiled by the University of Southern Denmark.

The Gresham Ship Project: A 16th-Century Merchantman Wrecked in the Princes Channel, Thames Estuary. Volume I: Excavation and Hull Studies (BAR British Series) Paperback – 22 Aug 2014

Jens Auer and Thijs J. Maarleveld with contributions by Massimiliano Ditta, Antony Firth, Nigel Nayling, Delia Ní Chíobháin, Christian Thomsen, and Cate Wagstaffe

This volume, the first of two on the Gresham Ship, gives a detailed account of the sections of the wreck recovered and describes the work of researchers at the University of Southern Denmark in their analysis of the hull and of the armament. Volume II will deal with the studies undertaken at the University College London of the ship's context and contents. 


The Gresham Ship Project: A 16th-Century Merchantman Wrecked in the Princes Channel, Thames Estuary. Volume II: Contents and Context: 2 (BAR British Series) Paperback – 15 Dec 2014

Gustav Milne and Dean Sully with contributions by Mark Beattie-Edwards, Lynn Biggs, Thomas Birch, Michael F. Charlton, Kelly Domoney, Clare Hunt, Phil Magrath, Marcos Martinón-Torres and Zofia Stos-Gale.

The second volume describes the research undertaken at University College London on the wider maritime context, the conservation process and the analysis of the contents recovered from the wreck site. Prominent in the cargo were 42 iron bars thought to be of a type - so-called 'voyage iron' - sometimes traded to West Africa as the first stage of the transatlantic slave trade. With a tonnage of some 150 tons, the Gresham Ship emerges from this research as an all too rare example of typical armed merchantman of the age, capable of ocean passages, operating as a privateer or even serving with the Queen's Navy against the Armada.


The Forton Lake Archaeology Project NAS Monograph 3

This monograph is written by Mark Beattie-Edwards and Julie Satchel, with contributions by Jane Maddocks, Alison James, Mary Harvey, Julian Whitewright, Daniel Pascoe and Paul Donohue.

The Forton Lake Archaeology Project carried out between 2006 and 2009 by the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA), investigated the remains of the hulks vessels and the associated history of the Forton Lake area in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.


Records of Traditional Watercraft from South and West Sri Lanka - NAS Monograph 2

The second of the NAS monograph series is a record by Gerhard Kapitän in pictures and scale drawings of the fast disappearing traditional watercraft of Sri Lanka.


The Sound of Mull Project - NAS Monograph 1

The first monograph in the series, Philip Robertson's The Sound of Mull Archaeological Project (SOMAP), 1994-2005, with contributions from Jane Maddocks and Steve Webster, is an account of the work carried out over a decade by volunteer divers under the auspices of the NAS recording the investigation of a number of wrecks lying in this historically important waterway off the west coast of Scotland. It comes with an interactive CD-ROM.



Copies of NAS monographs may be ordered from the NAS shop



Authors seeking to publish in the monograph series are invited to contact the series editor:

Monographs Editor,  C/O NAS, Fort Cumberland, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD.   Email: [email protected]