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Charles Bendig

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


Charles is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on understanding transitions in shipbuilding from antiquity until the early modern era. He has participated on numerous projects, including working for NOAA documenting and interpreting shipwrecks along the northeastern coast of Michigan, as a remote scientist investigating the 19th-century Monterrey shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, and surveying for the submerged town of Indianola along the coast of Matagorda Bay, Texas. Charles also oversaw the excavation and documentation for the amidships of the Emanuel Point II shipwreck – part of the ill-fated 1559 Spanish colonizing expedition to Pensacola, Florida. He was a co-principal investigator during the 2017 revisit to the Highbourne Cay shipwreck in the Exumas, Bahamas. His enthusiasm for teaching has also led to several invitations to instruct undergraduate and graduate field school students in Florida. Charles’ dissertation discusses the development of medieval Mediterranean shipbuilding and how these practices were adopted by shipbuilders along the Atlantic-European coastline during the 15th and 16th centuries.