Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Scott Tucker

PhD student

Scott is an historical and maritime archaeologist from Maryland, USA, holding an MA in maritime archaeology from University of Southampton and a BA in anthropology and sociology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA. His research interests include medieval and post-medieval European maritime trade networks, 18th and 19th century African-American archaeology in a maritime context, and early European colonization of the New World. He has worked extensively on sites around the Chesapeake, as well as the Florida Keys and United Kingdom. His current PhD research is focusing on early British mercantilism in the Chesapeake and changes in shipbuilding and merchant practises throughout the seventeenth-century.

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My research is heavily focused on the archaeology of trade and economics within the early colonial mercantalist system of England, particularly  with the Chesapeake colonies of Virginia and Maryland. I am interested in the development of ships, ports, and trade routes in the 17th century, and the role they played in growing the colonial economy and their effect on the colonial experience. Logbooks have become of particular interest in my research, which I have been using to track trade routes across the Atlantic, answering major questions in early English seafaring that cannot be addressed using the material record.

Additionally, I am the principal investigator of the St. Mary's River Archaeological Project, which is a joint project between the University of Southampton and the Historic St. Mary's City Museum in Maryland. The project is currently investigating a distribution of ballast stones located just offshore of the 17th-century town centre of St. Mary's City, Maryland's first settlement (1634). It is thought that this site is the remains of a 17th-century ship, and as part of my doctoral research, I am undertaking surveys and test excavation of the site in the summers of 2012 and 2013. For updates on this project, please visit my website: www.smrarchaeology.wordpress.com

Edward Rhodes, His Booke: Examining trade routes, functions and vessel performance using primary source documents

Publication forthcoming in: 2013 Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology Proceedings

Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Leicester, UK          2013

Maritime Aspects of the British Tobacco Trade: Using logbooks and passenger narratives as a new means toward a better understanding of the shift in routes for early British colonial trade

Paper Presented at the University of Southampton, Postgraduate Research Archaeological Symposium                                                                                                                                             2012

Underwater Archaeology in the St. Mary’s River

Paper presented at the Society for Historical Arcaheology Conference, Baltimore, Maryland     2012

St. Mary’s River Archaeological Project: An introduction to fieldwork and research

Paper presented at a weekly meeting of the University of Southampton Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group                                                                                                              2011

Canoes as Mechanisms for Resistance and Social Identity Amongst African American Slaves in the Chesapeake: Historical References and an Archaeological Example

Poster presented at the Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Ocean City Maryland      2011