Nautical Archaeology Program
Founded in 1976, the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) is the academic degree-granting graduate program in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. Nautical archaeology is the study of the remains of boats and ships and the cultures that created and used them. The program therefore focuses on the history of wooden ship construction; seafaring through the ages; maritime commerce, cargoes, and ports; and the techniques used to record, analyze and conserve the remains of these activities.
The Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) is a non-profit private research institute affiliated with TAMU and works with the Nautical Archaeology Program. The web pages maintained by INA present the array of research conducted by INA, CMAC, and NAP. We hope you will find the information contained here useful, informative, and interesting.
The Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC) is a research center at Texas A&M University with the goal of keeping the NAP at the forefront of nautical, maritime, and underwater archaeology research. Interdisciplinary research alliances allow CMAC to expand our expertise in artifact conservation, advanced underwater mapping technology, and ship reconstruction.