CMAC Labs

The following laboratories are administered by the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC) and are integral to teaching and researching in the Nautical Archaeology Program. For more information on each laboratory, please follow the links below:

CRL

The Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL), directed by Dr. Donny L. Hamilton, is one of the oldest continuously operated conservation laboratories that deals primarily with archaeological material from shipwrecks and other underwater sites.  Operating under the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, CRL plays an important role in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University (TAMU), and works closely with all of the excavation projects of the TAMU-affiliated Institute of Nautical Archaeology.  In fact, students are a big part of the work done at CRL.  It is a great place to gain practical experience in conservation science.

APRL

The Archaeological Preservation Research Laboratory (APRL) directed by Dr. C. Wayne Smith, is a research laboratory within the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, which works closely with the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, the Center for the Study of First Americans and the Department of Anthropology.

Research conducted at APRL has contributed twoards the development of new processes for the stabilization and conservation of organic artifacts. In conjunction with Dow Corning Corporation, research at APRL focusses on the development of organo-silicone chemistry and polymers as well as their application in conserving organic archaeological artifacts.

Shiplab

The Ship Reconstruction Laboratory, directed by Dr. Luis Filipe Vieira de Castro, was created by J. Richard Steffy in 1976 and today is one of the laboratories of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation of the Anthropology Department at Texas A&M University. Its mission is to acquire and disseminate knowledge about shipbuilding through time. As a classroom its main objective is to provide an effective learning environment. As research laboratory its objective is to facilitate investigation, seek public and private research funds, and recruit and retain quality students for its projects. As an outreach institution it aims at providing information, education, andguidance about the discipline of nautical archaeology and the importance of the world's submerged cultural heritage,perhaps more than ever threatened by treasure hunting.

NWL

The New World Nautical Archaeology Laboratory directed by Dr. Kevin Crisman, serves as the central clearinghouse for Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation and Nautical Archaeology Program research projects focused on the Western Hemisphere and European expansion. The lab provides working space, computer facilities, and resources for students and scholars researching shipwrecks and topics in the New World. The space is also used as the repository for Dr. Crisman's research on Lake Champlain, the Great Lakes, the Azores, Western River Steamboats, and the War of 1812.

OWL

The Old World Laboratory, directed by Dr. Cemal Pulak, focuses on research in the Mediterranean and surrounding seas, from the 14th-century BC Uluburun shipwreck to a 16th-century AD Ottoman wreck. Current research includes the study of Bynzantine shipwrecks from the former Theodosian harbor of Constaninople at Yenikapı, Istanbul by Dr. Pulak, the Roman navis lapidaria sunk off Kızıburun, Turkey by Dr. Carlson, and Dr. Wachsmann's Danaos Project, a deepwater survey of the eastern Mediterranean.

Model

The Ship Model Laboratory, directed by Glenn Grieco, focuses on the construction of precise models derived from archaeological and historical research. Grieco, a graduate of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, is a professional ship modeler.  He has built numerous models for CMAC, including models of the 17th century French ship La Belle, the 19th century American brig Jefferson, and the western river steamboat Heroine. Grieco uses precise details derived from the archaeological remains of shipwrecks in the construction of his models.

Wilder The Wilder 3-Dimensional Imaging Laboratory is a research laboratory within the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC), Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Research at the Wilder Lab facilities is directed at developing 3-Dimensional diagnostic tools to assist in the preservation of artifacts from terrestrial and maritime archaeological sites.
AGL

The Archaeo-Genomic Laboratory, directed by Peter Fix, was founded in 2007 as part of CMAC's Flying in New Directions program. The Goal of the lab is to gain better insight into the complex microbial communities involved with aqueous corrosion, particularly how it relates to the decay of submerged historical aircraft. The mission of teh AGL is to investigate microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of submerged metallic objects and structures in order to understand how microbial communities positively or negatively affect these materials, and to better define what role MIC plays in the bio-corrosion process.

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