Dr. Richards specializes in
maritime archaeological theory and method with a focus on cultural
site formation processes of the archaeological record. He has an interest 19th
and 20th century maritime history, the history of technology, and in
comparative and anthropological approaches to maritime archaeological subjects. He has been involved in
field schools run by Departments of Archaeology at Flinders University (South Australia),
and James Cook University (Queensland), and has been employed in cultural
heritage management work by the State Governments of South Australia and
Tasmania. 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, the Bermuda Journal of Maritime History and
Archaeology, and Historical Archaeology as well 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 (Government of South Australia, 2001), author of Ships’
Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation Process
(University Press of Florida, 2008), and co-editor of The Archaeology of
Watercraft Abandonment (with Sami Seeb, Springer Press, 2013). Dr. Richards
is an active member of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
(serving on their editorial board, and their newsletter editor 2001-2006) and
the Australian Association for Maritime History. He is a former Associate
Editor for the journal Historical Archaeology, and currently sits on the
editorial board of the International Journal of Maritime Archaeology.
Richards served as the Program Head for the UNC Coastal Studies Institute's Maritime Heritage Program while a joint appointment with ECU's Department of History from 2011-2018. Dr. Richards assumed the role of Director of the Program in Maritime Studies (Department of History) at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) in 2018. He
has taught classes in the history, theory, method, and ethics of maritime
archaeology, field schools, and cultural heritage management at ECU since 2003.
2013 The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment. Springer Press: New
York, NY. (Co-edited with Sami K. Seeb).
2008 Ships Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation
Process. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2001 Garden Island Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Heritage
South Australia: Adelaide. (With Robyn Hartell).
2016 The Vernacular Watercraft of Castle Island, Washington, North Carolina. The Archaeology of Vernacular Watercraft, Evans,
Amanda (ed.), pp. 129-156. (with Bradley A. Rodgers, Franklin H. Price, Brian Clayton, Andrew Pietruszka, and Heather White)
2015 Abandoned Ships in Australia (With Mark Staniforth), in Shipwrecks
Around the World: Revelations of the Past, Sila Tripati (ed.). Kaveri
Books. New Delhi, pps. 285-307.
2013 The Abandoned Ships and Ship Graveyards: Exploring Site Significance and Research Potential, in Nathan Richards and Sami Seeb (eds.), The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment, Springer Press, New York, NY, pps 1-16.
2011 Ship Abandonment, in Alexis Catsambis, Ben Ford and Donny Hamilton (eds.), Oxford
Handbook of Maritime Archaeology, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom,
2007 Garden Island (1906-1945) – Graveyard of Ships, in Mike Nash (ed.), Shipwreck!
Nautical Archaeology in Australia, University of Western Australia Press:
Fremantle, pps. 183-193.
2005 Thematic Studies in Australian Maritime Archaeology, in Mark Staniforth and
Mike Nash (eds.), Australian Approaches to Maritime Archaeology, Kluwer
Press: New York, pp. 41-54.
2018 Preliminary Investigations of Two Shipwreck Sites in Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 47(2): 1-14 (with Lynn Harris).
2018 The ship graveyard at
Meyer’s Wharf: A history and inventory, in Bermuda Journal of Archaeology
and Maritime History. Volume 21: 41-84.
2013 The Meyer’s Boatyard Vessel, Part 1: The Historical Significance of M-Class
Gunboats, in Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History.
Volume 20: 182-204 (With Peter Campbell).
2013 A Bermudian workhorse: The Dockyard Lighter Wreck, Royal Navy Dockyard, in Bermuda
Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History. Volume 20: 7-28 (With
Joseph C. Hoyt).
2008 Virtual Modelling and 3D Photogrammetry for Maritime Heritage: Exercises in Eos Photomodeler Pro 5.0, in Bulletin of the Australasian Intitute for Maritime Archaeology Volume 32: 27-41 (with Brian Diveley, Michelle Liss, and Sami Seeb).
2007 Artefact Patterning at the Holdfast Bay Jetty: Part 2, and Interpretation of the Archaeological Deposit, in Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. Volume 31: 55-62. (with Chris Lewczak).
2006 The Abandoned Ships' Project, in Historical Archaeology. 40(4):84-102. (with Mark Staniforth).
2005 Ruling Theories Linger: Questioning the Identity of the Beaufort Inlet Shipwreck, in International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 34(1): 24-37. (with Bradley A. Rodgers, and Wayne Lusardi).
HIST 5530: Field School in Maritime History and Underwater ArchaeologyHIST 6650: Management of Coastal Cultural ResourcesHIST 6610: Legal and Professional Issues in Maritime StudiesHIST 6805: History and Theory of Nautical ArchaeologyHIST 6820: Research Methods in Nautical ArchaeologyHIST 6835: Advanced Methods in Maritime ArchaeologyHIST 6850: Field Research in Maritime History