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 2018 Shipwreck Weekend is Saturday, April 14th, 2018 !

10:30 AM: Keynote Speaker Kimberly Kenyon: "Commemorating 300 Years of Infamy: Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge" (Scoates 208)

12:00 PM- 4:00 PM: Nautical Archaeology Program Open House (Anthropology Building)



Queen Anne's Revenge at Sea Illustration by Annaliese Dempsey


The Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University proudly presents Shipwreck Weekend 2018!  If you have ever been fascinated by pirates, Shipwreck Weekend 2018 is the event for you! This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the sinking of Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

Celebrate with us on April 14th, 2018, as we host a free public lecture by Kimberly Kenyon, a conservator at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab and Field Director for the 2015 QAR excavation season, at 10:30 in Scoates Hall, room 204, followed by an open house in the TAMU Anthropology Department from 12:00-4:00.  

The Nautical Archaeology Program’s open house will have activities for all ages, including a treasure hunt, face painting, and a pirate photo booth. The research laboratories of the Nautical Archaeology Program will also be open, with current and past research on display, and current students of the program will be giving free public presentations about all things piracy!

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.


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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