Atlantic World Marine Archaeology Research Institute amari
Piotr Bojakowski Warwick 2011

Research Associates

GRACE TSAI

Graduate Research Associate

Grace graduated with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. Currently, she is a PhD student in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. Her work focuses on understanding post-medieval seafaring life through analysis of diet and physical labor on sailors’ health. Her ongoing thesis research on the rigging reconstruction of Warwick, an English galleon dating to 1619, serves to further understanding on shipboard labor because the majority of the work done on such ships was related to adjusting the rigging.

Her most recent field work includes the Gnaliç Project, an excavation of a sixteenth-century Venetian galley that sank off the coast of Croatia, the Burgaz Harbor Project, an excavation of Hellenistic harbors in Turkey, and the Shelburne Steamboat Project, an excavation of a steamboat graveyard in Vermont. She has also helped catalogue lead fishnet weights from Uluburun, a late Bronze Age shipwreck, in Turkey.

JOSHUA HARDEN

Graduate Research Associate

Joshua Harden graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. His main focus was on Satellite Remote Sensing and its use for Landscape Archaeology. He has worked on several projects including three internships with the NASA DEVELOP program, which focused on the use of satellite imagery in public health as well as working as a researcher and consultant for the BBC analyzing satellite imagery and creating GIS maps for the documentary “Egypt: What Lies Beneath.”

Currently Joshua is working towards his Masters degree in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. He has volunteered at the Conservation Research Lab where he helped on the disassembly and conservation of timbers from the Belle shipwreck. Over the summer of 2012 he was a member of the Warwick excavation team and is currently working on the artifact assemblage for his M.A. thesis.

MICHAEL GILBART

Graduate Research Associate

Mike is a master’s student in the Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the analysis, interpretation, and conservation of artifacts associated with the galleon Warwick. For his thesis, Mike is currently examining one of the most intriguing early 17th-century mathematical and navigational instruments recovered from the Warwick and known as the Plain, or "Plaine" Scale.

Plain scales were small, wooden instruments used on board ships during the period. They allowed pilots and navigators to determine ship’s geographical position with dividers and the graduated markings. Mike thesis looks at the history and use of the plain scale for navigational and astronomical purposes, and how the Warwick plain scale was identified and conserved (at the Conservation Research Lab at Texas A&M University). It also discusses where the Warwick plain scale fits in the history of 17th-century navigation technology, especially since the first written account of the plain scale is John Aspley's work of 1624, Speculum Nauticum, five years after the sinking of the Warwick in Castle Harbour, Bermuda.

AMMANDEEP KAUR MAHAL

Undergraduate Research Associate

Ammandeep is an undergraduate Archaeology student at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has been fascinated with ancient world, travels, and experiencing different cultures and traditions. From Agra to Pompeii, her interest in archaeology has grown and developed. This past summer, Ammandeep spent three months working as an intern for the National Museum of Bermuda and participating in the “Warwick Project 2012.” Currently, Ammandeep is working on her undergraduate dissertation researching the three merchant weights found on the Warwick. Her work was highlighted with the presentation at the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference in January 2013 in Leicester, UK.

Beyond her academic studies, Ammandeep has found time to enjoy volunteer work at the RNIB Royal National Institute for the Blind, Sunshine House School for children with multiple disabilities and Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions at Gold level. Her additional interests include music, skiing at an advanced level, and ballet. Most recently, Ammandeep joined the university polo club and has represented Nottingham in national tournaments, as well as being on committee for two years, currently in the role of vice president.

LEAH CRISMAN

Junior Research Associate

Leah has been an AMARI intern during the Warwick Project, excavation of an English galleon Warwick which sunk in Castle Harbour, Bermuda. She participated in all three seasons of the Warwick investigation from 2010-2012, the first year as a volunteer excavating and recording the structure and artifacts, and the latter two years as a project intern.

Born and raised in College Station, Texas, Leah spent many summers and vacations of her formative years by the side of the sea in Maine, in the Azores Islands, and in Bermuda. She was certified as a diver in 2009, and currently attends A&M Consolidated High School, where she pursues her interests in archaeology, psychology, and linguistics.