Atlantic World Marine Archaeology Research Institute amari
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Our Purpose


The Atlantic World Marine Archeology Research Institute (AMARI) was founded on the principles of partnership and research excellence. The staff, research associates, and board members of AMARI believe that the collaborative effort of international institutions, universities, museums, and researchers is the best way to achieve the highest level of scholarship and education. Together, AMARI research affiliates and partnering institutions can explore the depths of the Atlantic World history and discover important archaeological sites; bring together the best minds to scientifically analyze the data; and educate the future generations of archaeologists and historians and fulfill our duties as stewards of public knowledge and history.


The Atlantic World Marine Archeology Research Institute (AMARI) mission is to explore, excavate, analyze and educate with a focus on 16th to 18th century sites of historic and archeological importance. AMARI is dedicated to public and education outreach to schools, museums, universities, scientific institutions and increasing public awareness of maritime heritage and marine archaeology. As a research institute, AMARI supports the advancement of publications of team members; organizing conferences and symposia; and partnering in archaeological and historical projects. 


The Atlantic World Marine Archeology Research Institute (AMARI) is a Delaware-based research organization. AMARI is a distinct research institute that concentrates on select archaeological and historical research projects pertaining to the greater Atlantic World. AMARI creates and partners in collaborations between research institutes, museums, universities, and individual archaeologists and historians. Such multidisciplinary projects are often stronger than the sum of their parts.

A primary goal is to provide partial to full funding for selected projects decided upon by AMARI staff and advisory board members. AMARI is dedicated to providing funding for every stage of research projects from pre-disturbance surveys, excavation, post-excavation analysis, publication, and public outreach. It is further committed to working with the institution designated with the important task of conserving and displaying the resultant artifacts and advising about the cost of these procedures. For without the months and years of research before and after the exploration and excavation of archaeological and historical sites, the long hours spent preparing artefacts for display at a museum, and the time needed to analyze and publish the data; our maritime history and cultural heritage never leaves the sea floor or the archival repository.