NAS Workshop Instructors
Dr. Nathan Richards
UNC-Coastal Studies Institute & East Carolina University
Dr. Richards specializes in nautical archaeology, archaeological theory and is a specialist in watercraft discard and cultural site formation processes of the archaeological record. He has an interest in non-traditional subjects in maritime archaeology focusing on non-shipwreck sites such as ship graveyards, the archaeology of harbor infrastructure, and maritime terrestrial sites. He has been involved in a number of field schools run by Departments of Archaeology at Flinders University (South Australia), and James Cook University (Queensland), and has been employed in cultural resource management work by the State Governments of South Australia and Tasmania. Currently he is working in three main themes within the theme of cultural site formation; shipboard incarceration, ferrous shipbuilding traditions (iron, steel and steam shipbuilding), and ship abandonment (an extension of the Australian Abandoned Ships' Project to the USA). His research has appeared in the Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, The Great Circle (The Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History), The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and Historical Archaeology as well as a number of other journal articles, book chapters, and numerous reports and reviews. He is co-author (with Robyn Hartell) of The Garden Island Ships' Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail (2001), and the soon to be published Ships' Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation Process (University of Florida Press). Dr. Richards is an active member of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (their newsletter editor 2001-2006) and the Australian Association for Maritime History. Dr. Richards teaches classes in the history and theory of nautical archaeology, research and field methods, cultural resource management, and field schools.
Dr. Lynn Harris
East Carolina University
Dr. Harris has a background in nautical archaeology, terrestrial archaeology, submerged cultural resource management and maritime history. Areas of fieldwork experience and research interest include the American South, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her particular interest is the African diaspora and labor history. She teaches courses in underwater archaeology methods, maritime material culture, watercraft recording, and European maritime history with an inter-disciplinary Atlantic World perspective. Teaching assignments have included offering summer abroad study programs in Africa. Harris has also directed and co-directed underwater archaeology field schools for graduate students in a variety of locations. She has published on vernacular watercraft, colonial period shipwrecks, public outreach, maritime heritage tourism, and international collaboration in underwater archaeology initiatives. Most recently, she authored and co-authored articles and reviews in the Journal of Maritime Archaeology, Nautical Research Journal, Historical Archaeology, Journal of Anthropological Research, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Nautilus: A Maritime Journal of Literature, History, and Culture and Northern Mariner. Her manuscript titled Patroons and Periaguas: Watercraft and Enslaved Watermen of the Lowcountry will be published by University of South Carolina Press. Harris currently serves as faculty in the Program in Maritime Studies, Atlantic World Program, Coastal Resources Management Program, and on the board of the international professional organization Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology. Currently, she serves as the internship co-ordinator for the Queen Anne Revenge state project in North Carolina and welcomes graduate students who are interested in underwater archaeology, interdisciplinary research and applied history projects.
Mr. William J. "Billy Ray" Morris
North Carolina Office of State Archaeology - Underwater Archaeology Branch
Morris serves as the Deputy State Archaeologist and Head of the Underwater Archaeology Branch. He directs and supervises all aspects of North Carolina's maritime archaeology program, including the Queen Anne's Revenge Project, and ongoing research and protection for shipwrecks of all types (Civil War blockade runners, merchant vessels, locally-built sail- and steam-powered fishing and river boats). He holds a degrees from UNC-Wilmington and East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies.
Mr. Joseph Hoyt
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Hoyt is a maritime archaeologist serving as a field tech and researcher for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. He has worked on several NOAA projects in the Thunder Bay, Florida Keys and Monitor National Marine Sanctuaries since 2001. In 2004, he was awarded the North American Rolex Scholarship through the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society. He has worked on underwater archaeology projects in the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and several inland rivers. Hoyt is also an avid photographer and diver, and has crewed documentary expeditions on BBC's Planet Earth and PBS. Hoyt holds an MA in maritime history and underwater archaeology from East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies.
Mr. John WagnerNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Wagner is a Maritime Archaeologist with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He graduated from East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies with a Masters Degree in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology. His academic work involved examining the historical and archaeological record of the Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina using theoretical approaches from the subfield of Battlefield Archaeology and geospatial theories common to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) research. Wagner has worked on multiple NOAA projects ranging from archaeological fieldwork and maritime cultural landscape studies to developing and maintaining a database and GIS of oil carrying and oil-burning vessels lost in American waters that could pose a pollution threat to the environment. Wagner is a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Divemaster, a NOAA Scientific Diver, and a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. His interests include WWII naval engagements, battlefield archaeology, maritime cultural landscape studies, ship construction, 3D computerized ship modeling and reconstruction, GIS analyses, and archival research.