Nathan Richards, BA(Hons.), Ph.D.
Maritime Heritage Program Head
Associate Professor, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University
Eller House, Program in Maritime Studies, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC, 27858
Ph.D. in Archaeology, 2002. Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
BA (Hons.) in Archaeology, 1997, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
BA in Philosophy, Visual Arts and Archaeology, 1996, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
Dr. Richards specializes in maritime archaeological theory and method with a particular focus on cultural site formation processes of the archaeological record. He has an interest in comparative and anthropological approaches to maritime archaeological subjects, in particular non-shipwreck sites such as ship graveyards, the archaeology of harbor infrastructure, and maritime terrestrial sites. He has been involved in field schools run by Departments of Archaeology at Flinders University (South Australia), and James Cook University (Queensland), and has been employed in cultural heritage management work by the State Governments of South Australia and Tasmania. His research has appeared in the Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, The Great Circle (the journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History), The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and Historical Archaeology as well as a number of other journal articles, book chapters, and numerous reports and reviews. He is co-author (with Robyn Hartell) of The Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail (Government of South Australia, 2001), and author of Ships’ Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation Process (University Press of Florida, 2008). Dr. Richards is an active member of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (serving on their editorial board, and their newsletter editor 2001-2006) and the Australian Association for Maritime History. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Historical Archaeology and is a Research Associate for the PAST Foundation (Columbus, Ohio).
Richards commenced as the Interim Program Head for CSI’s Maritime Heritage Program as of January 1, 2011 after collaborating with the Institute over the last three years during the NOAA-led Battle of the Atlantic Expeditions (2008-present) and a 2010 summer field school in the waters adjacent to Oregon Inlet. He is also holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Program in Maritime Studies (Department of History) at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) where he has taught classes in the history, theory, method, and ethics of maritime archaeology, field schools, and cultural heritage management since 2003.
2011 The Vernacular Watercraft of Castle Island, Washington, North Carolina (With Bradley A. Rodgers). Due for publication in At the Edge of the Known World: Vernacular Boats and Ships as Technological Adaptations to New Environments, Evans, Amanda and Mark Staniforth (eds.). In press.
2010 Ship Abandonment, in Catsambis, Alex, Ben Ford and Donny Hamilton (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom. In press.
2010 A Bermudian workhorse: The Dockyard Lighter Wreck, Royal Navy Dockyard, in Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History. Under Consideration (With Joseph C. Hoyt).
2009 Skeletons in Black Bay: Wrecks bridge the gap between iron- and steel-hulled sailing ships, in MARITimes: Magazine of the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Volume 21(3): 14-16 (With Bradley A. Rodgers and Theresa R. Hicks).
2009 Dockyard ‘workhorse’: Unidentified wreck is most likely a steam lighter, in MARITimes: Magazine of the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Volume 21(3): 18-19 (With Joseph C. Hoyt).
2009 Conflict and Commerce: Maritime Archaeological Site Distribution as Cultural Change on the Roanoke River, North Carolina (With Franklin Price), in Historical Archaeology 43(4):75-96.
2009 A gunboat rediscovered, in MARITimes: Magazine of the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Volume 21(3): 11-13 (With Calvin Mires, Joseph C. Hoyt and Peter Campbell).
2008 Virtual Modelling and 3D Photogrammetry for Maritime Heritage: Exercises in Eos Photomodeler Pro 5.0, in Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Volume 32: 27-41. (With Brian Diveley, Michelle Liss, and Sami Seeb).
2008 Ships Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation Process. University Press of Florida Gainesville, FL.
2007 Garden Island (1906-1945) – Graveyard of Ships, in Nash, Mike (ed.), Shipwreck! Nautical Archaeology in Australia, University of Western Australia Press: Fremantle, pps. 183-193
2007 Artefact Patterning at the Holdfast Bay Jetty: Part 2, an Interpretation of the Archaeological Deposit, in Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, (With Chris Lewczak). Volume 31: 55-62.
2007 Artefact Patterning at the Holdfast Bay Jetty: Part 1, a General Consideration of N-Transforms, in Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, (With Chris Lewczak) Volume 31: 44-54.
2007 An Eagles Island Ships’ Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail, in The Newsletter of Historic Wilmington Foundation. 17(3): 5 (With Calvin Mires, Sami Seeb and Michael Dermody).
2006 The Abandoned Ships’ Project, in Historical Archaeology. 40(4): 84-102. (With Mark Staniforth).
2005 Unfit for further use: Watercraft discard in Tasmania (1808-1997), in Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Volume 29:25-39. (With Michael Nash)
2005 Thematic Studies in Australian Maritime Archaeology, in Staniforth, Mark, and Nash, Mike (eds.), Australian Approaches to Maritime Archaeology, Kluwer Press: New York, pp. 41-54.
2005 The archaeological examination of watercraft abandonment in Australia: A retrospective, in Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Volume 29: 61-76.
2005 Ruling Theories Linger: Questioning the Identity of the Beaufort Inlet Shipwreck, in International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 34(1): 24-37. (With Bradley A. Rodgers, and Wayne Lusardi).
2004 The role of geo-politics in cultural site formation. A case study from the Northern Territory, in Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Volume 28: 97-106.
2003 The role of isolation in cultural site formation: A case study from Strahan, Tasmania, in Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Volume 27: 77-84.
2003 South Australia’s “Floating Coffin”: the diseased, the destitute, and the derelict Fitzjames (1852 - c.1900), in The Great Circle, Volume 25(1) pp. 19-39. (With Sally K. May).
2002 Back to the Bay: An overview of the Holdfast Bay Project 1974-2000 and the reinvigoration of avocational maritime archaeology in South Australia. Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. Volume 26:19-26. (With Christopher Lewczak)
2001 Garden Island Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail. Heritage South Australia: Adelaide. (With Robyn Hartell)
2000 The Ships Graveyard, in Marr, Jane (ed.). The Port River. City of Port Adelaide Enfield: Adelaide. Pp. 33.
2000 Recommendations for Future Web-based Aspects of the Flinders University Archaeology Topic: ARCH 3007 ‘Power, Ethnicity and Gender in Archaeology,’ in Smith, Claire. 2000. Archaeology in Cyberspace: A Pilot study at Flinders University, South Australia. Southern Archaeology: South Australia pp.77-80.
1999 The Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard: Results and Findings of Archaeological Fieldwork 1996-1998, Proceedings of the National Archaeology Students’ Conference 1998. Australian National University: Canberra, pp.11-18.
1999 Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard: Maritime Heritage Trail, in Heritage South Australia Newsletter. Number 15 (July): 14-15.
1998 Inferences from the study of Iron and Steamship Abandonment: A Case Study from the Garden Island Ship’s Graveyard, South Australia, in Bulletin of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Volume 22(1): 75-80.