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 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.
Due to ongoing construction in the Anthropology Building, the open house and kid friendly portion of shipwreck weekend will not be held this year. (It will return next year!) Instead, we will have a student research themed evening, with students presenting on their projects, a student and faculty poster session, and a keynote lecture by Dr. Ben Ford, a former student of the Nautical Archaeology Program. Dr. Ford will be discussing his research searching for ships from the War of 1812.