Department of Anthropology

Seminar Series: Luis Filipe Viera de Castro

"Nautical Archaeology in Portugal and Elsewhere"

Thu, October 3, 2019 | RLP 1.302B

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar Series: Luis Filipe Viera de Castro

The underwater cultural heritage is largely invisible. Shipwrecks tend to occur in places with high dynamics, low visibility, or extreme depths. Portugal has a long seafaring past, but its waters are deep and sometimes not easy to dive. Nevertheless, archaeological techniques to work underwater are evolving fast and opening new perspectives on how to dig, study, publish, and display archaeologists' work. After a long tradition of secrecy and lack of publication, archaeology is becoming more public, more participated, and more interesting to a larger number of stakeholders.  This talk addresses the work of the Ship Reconstruction Laboratory in Portugal, and the most interesting projects being developed now, in Portugal and other countries.

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.

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