The Ships that Changed History

This symposium brings together four world renowned scholars to give multiple public lectures on four of the most significant and celebrated shipwreck finds of the last half century. The event is free and open to the public; it will be held on April 5-6 2017 in Texas A&M University’s Reed Arena, West Campus

Symposium Overview

Four introductory overviews of the four ships that changed history.
Wednesday, April 5 2017
9:00 – 11:00 am.


ULUBURUN LATE BRONZE AGE SHIPWRECK -1300 BC

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Dr. Cemal Pulak
Professor, Nautical Archaeology Program
Texas A&M University
Wednesday, April 5 2017
2:00-4:00 pm
Learn more about the
Uluburun Shipwreck.

 

KING HENRY VIII’S FLAGSHIP, MARY ROSE-1545

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Christopher Dobbs
Head of Interpretation & Maritime Archaeology, Mary Rose Trust
Portsmouth, England
Thursday, April 6 2017
9:00-11:00 am
Learn more about
Mary Rose.

 

KING GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS’ WARSHIP, VASA-1628

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Dr. Fred Hocker
Director of Research
Vasa Museet
Stockholm, Sweden
Thursday, April 6 2017
1:00-2:30 pm
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Vasa.

 

EXPLORER ROBERT DE LA SALLE’S SHIP, LA BELLE -1686

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Dr. James Bruseth
Guest Curator, Bullock Texas State Museum and former Director of the Archaeology Division
Texas Historical Commission
Austin, TX
Thursday, April 6 2017

3:00-5:00 pm
Learn more about
La Belle.


The Ships that Changed History symposium is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, the Nautical Archaeology Program of the Department of Anthropology, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and the Texas A&M University Press.

The symposium coincides with the publication of Texas A&M University Press’ book, La Belle: The Archaeology of a Seventeenth-Century Ship of New World Colonization, by James E. Bruseth, Amy A.Borgens, Bradford M. Jones, and Eric D. Ray. This book, along with other publications of the Texas A&M University Press' Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series, will be available for purchase.

The symposium is followed by the Texas A&M University Parents’ Weekend and the annual Shipwreck Weekend on April 8, featuring student presentations and an open house of the Nautical Archaeology Program, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation Laboratories, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.

 

SHIPS THAT CHANGED HISTORY Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, April 5 2017

9:00 – 11:00 am
Overview of the significance of the Uluburun ship, Mary Rose, Vasa, and La Belle

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Uluburun Shipwreck: Cemal Pulak, Professor (Texas A&M University)

6:00 – 9:00 pm
Reception by invitation. 

Thursday, April 6 2017

9:00 – 11:00 am
Mary Rose: Christopher Dobbs, Head of Interpretation and Maritime Archaeology (Mary Rose Trust)

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Vasa: Frederick Hocker, Director of Research (Vasa Museet)

3:00 – 5:00 pm
La Belle: James Bruseth
Guest Curator, Bullock Texas State Museum and former Director of the Archaeology Division, Texas Historical Commission

Saturday, April 8 2017 – Shipwreck Weekend

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Graduate Nautical Archaeology Program student presentations of their thesis and dissertation research.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Open house in the Texas A&M University Anthropology Building showcasing the Nautical Archaeology Program facilities, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation Laboratories, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology offices and archives.

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