Paul Creasman, Ph.D.
Past IMRD Project(s): Co-director
of the Ponta
da Piedade (Lagos, Portugal) and Algarve region nautical
archaeology survey, recording, and assessment project. Conducted
by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Camara Municaipal
de Lagos, Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation,
and the IMRD.
Director/PI of the Cairo
Dahshur Boats project. Conducted with the support of the
Egyptian Museum, Cairo (Egypt), the Supreme Council on Antiquities
(Egypt), the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, MSC LT Jordan
Institute for International Awareness, Melbern G. Glasscock
Center for Humanities, RPM Nautical Foundation, and the IMRD.
specialist to the expedition
Gawasis/Wadi Gawasis on the Red Sea, Egypt. Conducted
by the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (Italy) and
Boston University, Boston (USA), under the direction of Prof.
Rodolfo Fattovich and Prof. Kathryn A. Bard. Dr. Claire Calcagno
and Dr. Chiara Zazzaro are in charge of ship-related elements
from the sites.
of the Harriot
Manuscript Publication project (Cambridge, England) focuses
on Thomas Harriot's (1560-1621) manuscript on shipbuilding
and rigging- Arcticon (the name-sake of the IMRD's
annual). Unfortunately, this manuscript is now lost and only
chapters of Harriot's personal notes remain, buried in the
archives. It is the goal of this project to transcribe, synthesize,
and publish these lost notes. The IMRD is the sole sponsor
of this endeavor.
(Ph.D): Texas A&M University, Anthropology (Nautical
Extracting Cultural Information
from Ship Timber
Filipe Castro (alternate
"This dissertation is rooted in one general question:
what can the wood from ships reveal about the people and cultures
who built them? Shipwrecks are only the last chapter of a
complex story, and while the last fifty years of nautical
archaeology have rewritten a number of these chapters, much
of the information unrelated to a ship’s final voyage
remains a mystery. However, portions of that mystery can be
exposed by an examination of the timbers.
An approach for the cultural investigation
of ship timbers is presented and attempts are made to establish
the most reliable information possible from the largely unheralded
treasures of underwater excavations: timbers. By introducing
the written record, iconographic record, and the social, economic,
and political factors to the archaeological record a more
complete analysis of the cultural implications of ship and
boat timbers is possible. I test the effectiveness of the
approach in three varied case-studies to demonstrate its limits
and usefulness: ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, the
Mediterranean under Athenian influence, and Portugal and the
Iberian Peninsula during the Discoveries. The results of these
studies demonstrate how ship timbers can be studied in order
to better understand the people who built the vessels."
of Arts: Texas A&M University, Anthropology (Nautical
Thesis Title: The Cairo Dahshur
Conferred: Dec. 2005
"Excavations conducted in A.D. 1894 and 1895 by French
archaeologist Jean-Jacques de Morgan at the funerary complex
of the ancient Egyptian Middle Kingdom pharaoh Senwosret III
on the plain of Dahshur revealed some unparalleled finds which
included five or six small boats. These boats provide a unique
opportunity in nautical archaeology—to study contemporaneous
hulls. Today, only four of the "Dahshur boats" can
be located with certainty; two are in the United States, one
in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and
one in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The
remaining two are on display in The Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Since their excavation these boats
remained relatively inconspicuous until the mid-1980s when
a study of the two hulls in the United States was conducted.
However, the two boats in Cairo remained largely unpublished.
This thesis combines personal observation
and recording of the Cairo boats over two summers to reveal
more unique characteristics of the hulls and will facilitate
a future study of the group as a whole. Each boat is discussed
individually and is further divided into its major components
by order of construction."