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Luis Filipe Vieira de Castro

Filipe Castro in scuba gear on water
Areas of Speciality
  • Ship Construction
  • Ship treatises from the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Iberian shipbuilding and seafaring
  • Post-medieval maritime history
  • (979) 845-6220
Worked at TAMU from
2001 - 2021


Dr. Filipe Castro received a Licenciatura in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 1984, an M.B.A. from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 2001.  He has conducted most of his research in Portugal where he started his collaboration with Lisbon’s Museu Nacional de Arqueologia as an amateur in 1992. As a manager, he was part of the team who in 1997 created the Portuguese state agency for nautical archaeology, the Centro Nacional de Arqueologia Náutica e Subaquática. Since then he has directed or participated in the underwater investigation of several shipwrecks, mostly from the period of European maritime expansion. Dr. Castro’s publications include A Nau de Portugal (Lisbon: Editorial Prefácio, 2003), and The Pepper Wreck (College Station: Texas A&M University Press / Chatham, in press). He is currently working on a book about Iberian Ships of the 16th century.