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The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is a charity registered in England and is a company limited by guarantee. This article refers to the act of selfless giving, and organizations which facilitate selfless giving. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Languages English (de facto) Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... A Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) is a private company that does not have shareholders or share capital. ...

The charitable aims and object of the company are to further research in Nautical Archaeology and publish the results of such research and to advance education and training in the techniques pertaining to the study of Nautical Archaeology for the benefit of the public. Research is often described as an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry aimed at discovering, interpreting and revising facts. ... Maritime archaeology is a discipline that studies human interaction with the sea, lakes and rivers through the study of vessels, shore side facilities, cargoes and human remains. ... Publishing is the activity of putting information in the public arena. ... Training refers to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes as a result of the teaching of vocational or practical skills and knowledge and relates to specific useful skills. ...

Nautical archaeology is an archaeological sub-discipline more generally known as maritime archaeology. As with most academic disciplines, there are a number of archaeological sub-disciplines typically characterised by a focus on a specific method or type of material, geographical or chronological focus, or other thematic concern. ... Maritime archaeology (also known as marine archaeology) is a discipline that studies human interaction with the sea, lakes and rivers through the study of vessels, shore side facilities, cargoes and human remains. ...

The society's logo is derived from an ancient engraving depicting nautical activity. An explanation is given on the society's website[1].

Logo of the NAS
Logo of the NAS



The Nautical Archaeology Society was originally incorporated and registered as a charity in 1972 under the name (The) Nautical Archaeological Trust Limited.

NAS Training

The Society educates and trains professional and amateur archaeologists and commercial and recreational divers. The aim of the NAS training syllabus is to develop awareness, respect for and understanding of the maritime cultural heritage and to develop capability in the maritime archaeological sector by training in relevant archaeological, and underwater skills as well as to develop knowledge and understanding of the technology of the past. Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Professional diving is diving for payment. ... Recreational diving is a type of diving that uses SCUBA equipment for the purpose of leisure and enjoyment. ...

NAS Training is supported by CADW and Historic Scotland to provide training opportunities in Wales and Scotland respectively. The development of the NAS training curriculum was supported by English Heritage from 1991 to 2004. Cadw is a semi-autonomous publicly-funded body which with the mission to protect, conserve, and to promote the built heritage of Wales — the Welsh equivalent of English Heritage and Historic Scotland. ... Historic Scotland is the Scottish agency looking after historic monuments. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... English Heritage is a United Kingdom government body with a broad remit of managing the historic environment of England. ...

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (IJNA) is published bi-annually (Print ISSN 1057-2414, online ISSN 1095-9270) for NAS by Blackwell Publishing Ltd[2]. It is a peer-reviewed academic journal but articles by amateur researchers that meet the journal's standards have been published.

IJNA aims to cover all aspects of nautical archaeological research including the seas, ships, cargos, harbours and sailors of the past. Sunset at sea Look up Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Look up maritime in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For online phenomenon of shipping, see Shipping (fandom). ... Cargo is a term used to denotes goods or produce being transported generally for commercial gain, usually on a ship, plane, train or lorry. ... A harbor (or harbour) or haven is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored. ... A sailor is a member of the crew of a ship or boat. ...

IJNA was first published in 1972 under the founding editor Joan Du Plat Taylor. Since 1980, IJNA has been edited by Ian Morrison, James Kirkman and Valerie Fenwick. The current editor, Dr Paula Martin took over in 2003. Angela Crome has been reviews editor since IJNA was founded.

Joan Du Plat Taylor

Joan Du Plat Taylor (1906-1983)[3] campaigned to bring nautical archaeology into the academic fold. She was founder editor of IJNA from 1972-1980. She also recognised that amateurs could play an important role in archaeology and established systems to educate and encourage them.

The Joan du Plat Taylor Award is a grant awarded annually by the Nautical Archaeology Society to support publication of nautical archaeological research. The grant was originally funded personally by Joan Du Plat Taylor.


Since 2003 the Nautical Archaeological Society has run a programme to encourage groups and individuals to take a close interest in a maritime site, and adopt a minimum level of stewardship, monitoring how the site changes over time. As well as shipwrecks, adopted sites can include harbour works and buildings with nautical connections, coastal habitations, hulks and other sea wrack of archaeological interest. The society maintains a register of all such adopted sites[4] and provides an annual award to the person or group that has made the most significant contribution to maritime archaeology and research through the adoption process. Past winners have included: This list of shipwrecks is of those sunken ships whose remains have been located. ... A harbor (or harbour) or haven is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored. ... This article is in need of attention. ... A coastal image featured on a United States postal stamp. ... A hulk is a ship that is afloat, but incapable of going to sea. ...

  • 2003. The Joint Services Dive Club and the Gibraltar Museum's Underwater Research Unit for their work on the 'Inner and Outer' wreck sites at Gibraltar Harbour[5]
  • 2004. The Queen's University Belfast Sub-Aqua Club (QUBSAC) for their investigation of the Alastor, a steel-hulled luxury motor yacht that sank in 1948[6]
  • 2005. The Weymouth LUNAR Society for their work on the Earl of Abergavenny shipwreck[7]

Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is a city in the United Kingdom. ... Location within the British Isles Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay – Weymouth Bay – and the natural harbour formed by the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. ... The Earl of Abergavenny was an East Indiaman which was wrecked in Weymouth Bay, England in 1805. ...

Wreckmap Projects

The Nautical Archaeology Society manages or participates in research projects with the aims of firstly furthering research and secondly enabling novice professionals and avocational archaeologists to have opportunities to get involved in archaeological research and hence develop individual experience and promote best practice in investigative techniques. Wreckmap projects focus on surveying and recording sites in a specific area. Wreckmap projects have been conducted in the Sound of Mull, Portland, Dorset and Teesbay (near Hartlepool). Tobermory with 700 people, the largest settlement on Mull, is home to the only whisky distillery on the island. ... Two RIBs at Castletown, Portland Harbour Portland Harbour is located beside the Isle of Portland, off Dorset, on the south coast of England. ... Dorset (pronounced Dorsit, sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the southwest of England, on the English Channel coast. ... Hartlepool (pronounced HART-le-pool) is a town and North Sea port in North East England. ...

Wreckmap Britain 2005 encouraged recreational divers to submit a recording form for a favourite dive anywhere in Britain. Wreckmap Britian 2006 will distribute 100,000 recording forms to recreational divers with the results being added to the Shipwreck index[8]. WreckMap Britain is sponsored by Crown Estate, BSAC and PADI. Wreck diving is a type of recreational diving where shipwrecks are explored. ... In the United Kingdom and its predecessors, Crown land is designated land belonging to the Crown, the equivalent of an entailed estate that passed with the monarchy and could not be alienated from it. ... The British Sub-Aqua Club or BSAC is the governing body of Britain. ... The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the worlds largest recreational diving membership organization and diver training organization. ...


  • Nautical Archaeology Society (charity number 264209) (Registered at Companies House in England no. 1039270)
  • Blackwell Publishing - Home of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.
  • Biographical essay of Joan Du Plat Taylor
  • Adopt-a-wreck index
  • The 'Inner' and 'Outer' wrecksites Gibraltar
  • Shipwreck M.Y. Alastor
  • Shipwreck Earl of Abergavenny
  • Shipwrecks Index
  • Three H - Examples of surveyed sites, guidance on 3D survey and a free Site Reader tool. The home of Site Recorder.



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