We are excited to welcome Dr Athena Trakadas as the new editor of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.

Athena will take over from Miranda Richardson, who has been the editor of the journal since 2011, on the 1st December and is looking forward to taking the journal into the next 50 years. Until then Miranda and Athena will be working together to ensure a smooth transition. 

Tim Parker, the Chair of the NAS said "I am delighted to welcome Athena to the Nautical Archaeology Society as the new Editor for the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. We look forward to working with her and watching the Journal continue to develop under her editorship with our new publishers, Taylor & Francis.

Athena had said that she feels privileged to take on the role. "From its conception, IJNA has served as the forum for nautical and maritime archaeologists to report new data, present theoretical debates, and refine their approaches to investigating humankind’s relationship with the sea. The journal has mirrored the advances and growth of the discipline, and I feel privileged to cultivate this reflection, as I take on the role of Editor entering IJNA’s 51st year."

Check out Athena's impressive profile on Academia.eu

Dr Damian Robinson, Chair of the NAS Publications Sub-Committee said "I am delighted to welcome Dr Athena Trakadas onboard as the new editor of the IJNA. Athena has a distinguished background in academic publishing both as a scholar of maritime North Africa and underwater cultural heritage, and also as the co-editor of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology. With her deep understanding of maritime archaeology and academic journal publication we are extremely fortunate that she has chosen to come and work with us in the Nautical Archaeology Society.  As a reader and contributor to our journal, Athena understands the historical role that it has played within the discipline over the 50 years since its foundation and the values of scholarly integrity, excellence, and innovation that it stands for. Its future is in safe hands." 

We are of course very sad to be saying goodbye and we say a huge thank you to Miranda Richardson, who has been the editor of the IJNA since 2011. On Athena's appointment, Miranda recently said: "It has been a great pleasure to edit IJNA and learn about so many interesting projects around the world. I know the journal is in safe hands with Athena and wish her every success in continuing to expand its readership."

Athena can be contacted on: [email protected]

Above: Our new IJNA editor, Athena Trakadas, kitting up