After a three-year hiatus, Shipwreck Weekend is back! The Nautical Archaeology Program’s annual public event returned this April 15th, with this year’s theme being “Embodying Seamanship: Digital and Physical Reconstructions of the Seafaring Past.”
Guest speaker Dr. Pat Tanner from University College Cork gave a public lecture on his work creating digital models of shipwrecks, after which the NAP opened its doors to the public for the rest of the day. Attendees got to visit the NAP’s numerous laboratories, meet the people working in them, learn about the research they are currently doing, and experience being a nautical archeologist for themselves!
The open house included several activities for attendees of all ages, including trying on Scuba gear, practicing writing underwater, coloring and constructing their own ships, 3D scanning, and finding real artifacts.
Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to seeing you again at Shipwreck Weekend 2024!
Guest speaker Dr. Pat Tanner from University College Cork, giving a public lecture on his work making digital reconstructions of ships based on the wrecks they leave behind.
Co-Organizer Ethan Mock manning the entrance.
Co-Organizer Catherine Brooks working the face-painting station.
Co-Organizer Patrick Boyle swashbuckling by the photo wall.
Grad students Kimberly Breyfogle (left) and Megan Crutcher (right) demonstrating how various conservation chemicals impact paint.
Guests learning how nautical archaeologists draw up ship-lines from Activities Coordinator Meagan Clyburn (center).
Grad students Alyssa Carpenter (left) and Meagan Clyburn (right) reviewing some of their own ship-lines.
A few of the artifacts and research projects on display in the New World Archaeology Lab.
Some of the ships visitors constructed from designs they themselves prepared.
Grad student Brandon Lentz (center) teaching visitors about various rope tying methods on board ships.
Grad student Stephen DeCasien with the full-sized ancient bronze naval ram he created.
Grad students Raúl Palomino Berrocal (left) and Angela Burr (right) in the Analytical Archaeology Lab.
Grad student Raúl Palomino Berrocal (right) sharing about the 3D reconstructions of excavated shipwrecks he has created.
Grad student Claire Zak (center-left) sharing with visitors the work done in the Old World Archaeology Lab.
Grad student Claire Zak demonstrating the sort of artifact sketching that nautical archaeologists regularly do.
Merchandise from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology’s office at Texas A&M.