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Frederic R. Mayer Fellow II of Nautical Archaeology
Director, Ship Reconstruction Laboratory (ShipLAB) 

Ph.D. – Texas A&M University, 2001

Specialty: Post Medieval Seafaring

Current Research Projects: I am currently working with Archaeologist Massimo Capulli of Università degli Studi di Udine and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Fruili Venezia Giulia on the Anaxum Project, which consists on the study of the history of River Stella, in Northern Italy, through time. I am also working on the development of a dendrochronology database for the Iberian Peninsula (P.I. Dr. Ana Crespo Solana), and on 3D visualization of ship structures (P.I. Dr. Pierre Drap).

Courses Taught:
ANTH205 – Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH318 – The Nautical Archaeology of the Americas
ANTH412 – Romans, Arabs, and Vikings
ANTH614 – Books and Treatises on Shipbuilding
ANTH616 – Research and Reconstruction of Wooden Ships
ANTH618 – Medieval Seafaring in the Mediterranean

Current Graduate Students: Kotaro Yamafune, Chris Cartellone, Randall Sasaki, Rodrigo Torres, Nick Budsberg, Sam Cuellar, Samila Ferreira (co-chair)

Representative Publications:

Castro, F., A Nau de Portugal, Lisbon: Ed. Prefácio, 2003.

Castro, F., The Pepper Wreck, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2005.

Castro, F. and Custer, K., eds., Edge of Empire. Proceedings of the Symposium held at the 2006 Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Sacramento, Caifornia, Lisbon: Ed. Caleidoscópio, 2008.

Castro, F. and Thomas, L., eds., ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Columbus, OH: ACUA and PAST Foundation, 2011.