Wednesday, July 23rd


Frederic R. Mayer Fellow II of Nautical Archaeology
Nautical Archaeology Program Coordinator

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 preparing the excavation of a late 16th Century shipwreck in Croatia with Dr. Irena Radić, and working on 3D visualization of ship structures.

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, Kelby Rose, Randall Sasaki, José Luis Casaban, Rodrigo Torres, Nick Budsberg, Sam Cuellar, Samila Ferreira (co-chair), Will Moser

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.