Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Workshop

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February 21-22, 2014
UNC-Coastal Studies Institute
(located at 850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981)

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is an international organization dedicated to advancing education in nautical archaeology at all levels and to encouraging the participation of members of the public at all stages. The NAS International Training Program has been delivering courses in nautical archaeology for over 25 years. The program aims to provide not just an introduction to the subject but also to offer people a chance to build their skills and experience, allowing them to take part in projects and fieldwork around the world and perhaps to run their own projects. The Training Program has a modular structure, starting with an Introduction Course and working through the Part I to III Certificates and finally Part IV Diploma.

The first stage of the NAS Training Program, the Introduction Course, is a weekend of training introducing participants to the subject of nautical archaeology. Combining a mixture of classroom and practical sessions, the course aims to promote nautical archaeology to those interested in learning about concepts and basic methods in underwater archaeology.  The introduction course requires no prior learning or qualifications and the program offers presentations in a wide range of topics and subject areas within nautical archaeology. It will involve instructors who are ECU university professors for the Program in Maritime Studies and leading underwater archaeologists who direct projects and manage underwater cultural resources in North Carolina.

Course Instructors

  • Dr. Nathan Richards (UNC-Coastal Studies Institute & East Carolina University)
  • Mr. Calviin Mires (East Carolina University)
  • Mr. Joseph Hoyt (NOAA)
  • ECU Graduate Student Assistants


Cancellation Policy
If requested on or before February 17, 2014, you may receive a 75% refund. No refunds will be given after February 18, 2014.

Prerequisites for Diving
Individuals wishing to be participate in pool sessions must fill out an ECU release and waiver and an ECU diving medical history form.  Completed electronic forms (with signature in PDF or JPEG format) may be sent to course instructors Nathan Richards or Lynn Harris via email for assessment by ECU’s Diving Safety Office.  Mailed forms can be sent to:

Dr. Nathan Richards
c/o Program in Maritime Studies
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Forms must be received by February 18, 2014. ECU’s Diving Safety Manual can be found here

Number of Participants
Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 20 to register.  For information regarding future course please contact Dr. Richards.

Special Needs
If you require any special accommodations (accessibility, dietary restrictions, etc.), please contact The Office of Continuing Studies at (252) 328-9198 or

For More information
Dr. Nathan Richards
(252) 328 -1968