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Nautical Archaeology Society, UK

Our mission is to research, record and protect our threatened underwater and coastal heritage for the benefit of everyone.

Since 1986 we have delivered our mission through three core areas of activity:


It is our belief that everyone can benefit from the unique and fascinating resource that is the world’s maritime heritage. We believe that when someone is given the opportunity to learn about their heritage and help to research and record it, they come to understand it. When they understand it, they begin to value it, and when they value heritage, they become the best advocates for further research and protection. Find out more about our Education Programme here.


We were fundamentally established 'to further research in nautical archaeology and publish the results'. We are dedicated to delivering innovative, quality, fit for purpose research into all aspects of maritime archaeology. Whether investigating standards, competency or training in maritime archaeology, or individual archaeological sites, the NAS is committed to sound, equitable, evidence-based research for the advancement of the discipline. Find out more about our Research here.


The NAS began in 1964 as the Council for Nautical Archaeology (CNA) which had a remit to "act as a channel of communication between divers and the appropriate learned bodies to share discoveries within the field of marine archaeology".

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Nautical Archaeology Society, UK Projects

Training the next generation NAS Cyprus

'Training the next generation' Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Fieldschools

In 2013 the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) of the Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, agreed to the…

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The Nautical Archaeology Society Lebanon Training image courtesy NAS

The Nautical Archaeology Society Lebanon Training

In 2017 and 2018 the Nautical Archaeology Society undertook underwater archaeology field training in Lebanon, the aim of the course is to build capacity in the region with rel…

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