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Featuring presentations from a range of professional and amateur archaeologists, the NAS Annual Conference provides an opportunity to discuss research, review the archaeological activities of members, exchange ideas on encouraging access to our shared heritage, and network with friends and colleagues from the UK and abroad.

The NAS Conference
An important international event in the world of nautical archaeology, the NAS always secures a range of internationally renowned speakers who focus their talks on maritime and nautical archaeology around the world.

Not to be missed...
There is also a large exhibitors’ area full of a number of organisations that come along as exhibitors during the conference. For the last few years, the NAS has held a poster session which has exhibited a range of projects and research from shipbuilding to indertidal archaeology, from as far as Yemen and as close as the River Thames. The conference also normally sees the presentation of the annual Adopt-A-Wreck Award. There is also an annual raffle with the prizes drawn at the end of the event. Finally we like to arrange a special excursion held as part of the conference.


2020 NAS Conference is planned to be held in Dublin, Ireland - date to be confirmed

2019 NAS Conference will be held in Portsmouth, in partnership with the Ordnance Society - date to be confirmed

2018 NAS Conference will be held in Newport, Wales in partnership with the Friends of the Newport Ship on the 17th-18th November 2018 - more information coming soon

 NAS Conference 2018


2017 NAS Conference
The 2017 conference, titled "Discovery is just the beginning"  was held in Portsmouth, on the 18th-19th November 2017. The conference was a showcase with many papers exploring the impact and legacy of the NAS Education Programme and NAS Projects on the discipline of nautical archaeology around the world. The NAS 2017 Annual General Meeting also took place on the Saturday 18th November. Being back in Portsmouth, the 2017 event also included an excursion behind the scenes at the Mary Rose Museum with NAS Vice President Chris Dobbs, the Head of Interpretation at the Trust.

The full programme and timetable for the 2017 conference can be found here and abstracts can be downloaded here. The 2017 conference was kindly supported by Historic England, Dive Master Insurance, the BSAC, MSDS Marine, Wessex Archaeology and The Mary Rose Trust.

2016 Conference was held in Glasgow in partnership with The SCAPE Trust

2015 Conference was held in Portsmouth in partnership with The Society for Post Medieval Archaeology

2014 Conference was held in London in partnership with the Thames Discovery Programme, MOLA

2013 Conference was held in Portsmouth