What is Shipwreck Weekend?

Each spring, the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) of the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, along with its affiliated institutions, hosts "Shipwreck Weekend." This annual event is designed to promote the various projects of the program, as well as to inform the general public of aspects of nautical archaeology. Visitors are invited to explore nautical archaeology and learn about the ongoing research into ships and shipboard life at Texas A&M University!

The 2017 Shipwreck Week is April 5th, 6th, and 8th, 2017!

The Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M proudly presents Shipwreck Week! Shipwreck Week 2017 combines The Ships That Changed History symposium, which presents five free public lectures covering some of the most important shipwreck finds of the 20th century, and the annual Nautical Archaeology Program Open House, with free public workships, presentations of student research, and activities for kids.

The Ships That Changed History:
The Ships That Changed History Symposium brings together four world-renowned scholars to present public lectures on four of the most significant and celebrated shipwreck finds of the last half-century. 

The Symposium will coincide with the Texas A&M University Press’ April 1, 2017 release of the 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. The book will be available for purchase as well as other publications of the Texas A&M University Press’ Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series.


Belle Book

The archaeological investigations sponsored and supported by the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC), and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), take place all over the world. Archaeological work is often a long process, involving months in the field and years of study, making much of the work inaccessible to the general public. Shipwreck Weekend breaks that tradition by bringing nautical archaeology to a local audience.

The Nautical Archaeology Program open house, located on the first floor of the Anthropology building. Families are very welcome to attend, and we will have fun and educational activities for children and adults.

Shipwreck Weekend is a non-profit event funded by the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.


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