The Nautical Archaeology Society is dedicated to delivering innovative, quality, fit for purpose research into all aspects of maritime archaeology. Whether investigating standards, competency or training in maritime archaeology, or individual archaeological sites, the NAS is committed to sound, equitable, evidence-based research for the advancement of the discipline.
Our Member's Research Group meets regularly at the National Archives in Kew, London.
As part of the original NAS Training Programme the NAS Part 2 report provides a great opportunity for people to put their learning into practice in the field. The NAS hold a library of many of the NAS part 2 reports submitted over 20 years.
The object of this research by NAS Fellow, Ed Cumming, has been to identify and, if possible, to give extra detail to total loss incidents incurred by the major ships of the English (later British) East India Company, 1600 to 1834. Discover more here...Read more
In 2012 the NAS was commissioned by English Heritage to undertake a study looking at the value of a protected wreck to a local economy. This study, which was published in 2013, looked at the visitor diver trail on the protected wreck of the Coronation in Plymouth Sound in Devon which has proved to be very successful in attracting a large number of visiting divers every year since its inception. Discover more here....Read more
The Benchmarking Competence Requirements study published in 2009 looked at what makes someone a competent maritime archaeologist and made recommendations for how to make competency of skills the key for future participation in maritime archaeology in the UK. Discover more here......Read more
During the winter months a group of NAS members gather at The National Archives to garner information about varied projects. Some work on their own projects, others photograph documents for NAS members who cannot get to London easily. Discover more here.Read more
NAS member and fellow, Ed Cumming (MIBEC Publications) has created an invaluable "Index of Identifiable Wreckage from Shipwreck, and Losses from Vessels, recorded in the British Press in the 19th Century". You can freely search the entire index of 350 pages. Discover more here...Read more