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Christopher Dostal

Dr. Christopher Dostal
Director of Conservation Research Laboratory, Director of Analytical Archaeology Laboratory, Director of Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation
Assistant Professor
  • Anthropology 102
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PhD, Texas A&M University, 2017
Nautical Archaeology


Historical-period maritime archaeology in North America and Western Europe, the conservation and long-term preservation of waterlogged archaeological artifacts, in situ preservation and documentation techniques for underwater archaeological sites, X-ray fluorescence elemental analysis of archaeological artifacts, digital imaging and 3D modeling of archaeological artifacts, and public outreach.

Courses Taught:

ANTH 605 – Conservation of Archaeological Materials I

ANTH 606 – Conservation of Archaeological Materials II

ANTH 607 – Historical Archaeology

ANTH 617 – Conservation of Archaeological Materials III

ANTH 663 – Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Conservation

ANTH 689 – Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Conservation

Current Graduate Students:

Ryan Theis, Benjamin Ioset, Megan Crutcher, Olivia Thomas, Raul Palomino, Claire Zak, Chabli Bravo, Austin Seiss

Selected and Recent Publications:

2020         Integrating digital and conventional recording techniques for the documentation and reconstruction of an 18th-Century wooden ship from Alexandria, VA. With Glenn Grieco, Peter Fix, Carolyn Kennedy, Julia Herbst, Lauren Shultz, and Ricardo Borrero. (Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Vol. 16)

2018            Photogrammetric Texture Mapping: A Method for Increasing the Fidelity of 3D Models of Cultural Heritage Materials, with Kotaro Yamafune. (Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 18C pp. 430-436)

2017           Recording, Publishing, and Reconstructing Wooden Shipwrecks, with Castro, F, Bendig, C, Berube, M, Budsberg, N, Monteiro, A, Smith, C, Torres, R, and Yamafune, K. (Journal of Maritime Archaeology, )