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Charles Bendig

Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Nautical Archaeology
First Year In the Program


Charles Bendig received his MA in historical archaeology from the University of West Florida in 2016. His research has focused on understanding the development of the mainmast step and bilge pumps from antiquity to the early modern period. Over the past several years, Charles has been involved in excavating and recording various ships spanning from the 16th century and into the early 20th century. He has been involved in deep water research on the early 19th-century Monterrey shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, and in survey of the historic town of Indianola along the coast of Matagorda Bay, Texas. Charles’ main research focuses on excavating and analyzing 16th-century shipbuilding. He was in charge of recording and publishing the amidships assembly of the Emanuel Point II shipwreck—part of the ill-fated 1559 Luna expedition to Pensacola, Florida. His recent research involves being the co-principal investigator of the Highbourne Cay shipwreck in the Bahamas, which is possibly one of the earliest shipwrecks found in the Americas. His doctoral research in the Nautical Program focuses on understanding the development of shipbuilding along the European-Atlantic coastline and evaluating whether a new shipbuilding tradition developed throughout the 16th century.