National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Warren Riess

Affiliation: University of Maine, Emeritus

Warren Riess is a Research Associate Professor, Emeritus at the University of Maine. During the past forty years his research and teaching have focused on the maritime archaeology and history of the Americas. He is internationally know as principal investigator of the archaeological investigation of an 18th-century British merchantman discovered in Manhattan; for his archaeological work on the Revolutionary War Penobscot Expedition; his articles and book on the 17th-century English galleon, Angel Gabriel; and his investigation of the ship found in 2010 at the World Trade Center in New York.

Professor Riess has published several articles about maritime history and archaeology in popular magazines, such as Sea History and Faces, and many more in professional journals, such as the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, International Journal of Maritime Economic History, the British Museum Encyclopedia of Maritime and Underwater Archaeology, The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord, and, with his wife Kathleen, in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture. His archaeology accomplishments have been the subject of a one-hour television special for the Public Broadcasting System and of articles in many newspapers and magazines, such as Archaeology Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post.


An illustrated lecture wherein Prof. Riess will take the audience through a complete site investigation, from discovery through international interpretation, using a colonial merchant ship site as an interesting example. Known variously as the Wall Street ship, the Ronson ship, or Princess Carolina, the ship and its contents have answered a few questions and posed new ones.

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