Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Workshop



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.


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. Calvin Mires
East Carolina University

Mires is the staff archaeologist for the Program in Maritime Studies. He has participated in research projects in Israel, Bermuda, Hawaii, Montana, Great Lakes, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He teaches ECU's small boat operator course. He earned his BA in Latin and Classical Civilizations from the University of Montana in 1998, and his MA in Maritime Studies from ECU in 2005. He is currently working on his PhD in Coastal Resources Management. His dissertation is focused on understanding how the public perceives and values underwater cultural heritage through combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies borrowed from the fields of archaeology, economics, cultural geography, and recreation and leisure studies. Other research interests include maritime archaeological theory and methodology, maritime heritage, public outreach, and late 19th/early 20th century small watercraft.