2014 Keynote Speakers

A-Sayan Praicharnjit


Professor in Community Development (specialized in Community Archaeology)
Presently work at the Department of Community Development, Faculty of Social Administration,Thammasat University, Bangkok. THAILAND.

Professor Praicharnjit is a specialist in Community Archaeology, Community Archaeology, archaeology of ancient Thai ceramics, archaeology of Lan Na Northern Siam and Underwater Archaeology in Thailand. Born on August 16, 1958 at Ayutthaya, Thailand. Graduated  B.A. Archaeology (1st Class Honour) from Silpakorn University, Bangkok in 1980 and got M.Sc. Environmental Remote Sensing & Geo-Information System for Development from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 1995. He was an official archaeologist at the Thai Fine Arts Department for 18 years during 1981-1999 with 5 year-experience as Head of Underwater Archaeology Sub-Division (1989-1993). He moved to be a university lecturer in Community Development and Sicial Works at Thammasat Universoty in  1999. During 1992-2005, while working at the Faculty of Social administration, Thammasat University, he operated participative research and innovated a field of Community Archaeology for the Thai Community Development discipline. During 2008-2011, he had great opportunity to be the Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University and has been promoted to be Professor in Community Development (Community Archaeology) since 2007. In 2001, he moved back to be a Professor at the Faculty of Social administration, Thammasat University until present.

He has published more than 20 books related to Archaeology and Community Development in Thailand with 4 of them focusing on Underwater Archaeology in Thailand.

At present, as the Professor at Thammsat University, he continues his career in Community Archaeology and Participative Archaeology for the purposes of people empowerment and the progress of archaeological and cultural heritage management in Thailand.

In the year 2000 and 2003, the Community Archaeology Project at Nan Province, under his operation was granted by the FORD Motor Company for Environment and Conservation Grant.

For the academic successes, he has been awarded for the innovative research named as “Community Archaeology Process” from the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and from Thammasat Research Award in 2006. Recently, the Toyota Thailand Award Committee has  granted the best academic book award 2013 in Humanities to his academic book, “Archaeology of Thai Ceramics : Lan Na and Suphanburi Kiln Complexes”.



Director of NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program

 James P. Delgado, PhD, FRGS, RPA, has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations include RMS Titanic, the discoveries of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors, and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste, as well as surveys of USSArizona at Pearl Harbor, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the polar exploration ship Maud, wrecked in the Arctic, the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, and Sub Marine Explorer, a civil war-era find and the world’s oldest known deep-diving submarine. His archaeological work has also included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco.

Dr. Delgado is Director of NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program. Previously, he was the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University for nearly 5 years, and was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15 years. Before that, he was the head of the U.S. Government’s maritime preservation program and was the maritime historian for the U.S. National Park Service. During his nearly 14-year tenure with the VMM, Dr. Delgado co-hosted The Sea Hunters along with best-selling author Clive Cussler, from 2001 to 2006. Other television credits include specials for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, A&E, the History Channel, and ABC. His active participation in the study and preservation of shipwreck sites and maritime heritage has included a founding membership in the International Commission on Monuments and Site (ICOMOS) committee on underwater cultural heritage and the presidency of the Council of American Maritime Museums. He also led the crew that restored Ben Franklin (PX-15), a 130-ton oceanographic research submersible originally built in Switzerland for famed undersea explorer and scientist Jacques Piccard and most famously employed on a historic 30-day “drift mission” along the eastern seaboard of the United States in 1969.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club, Dr. Delgado is the author or editor of over 32 books and numerous articles, most recently Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater WarfareNuclear Dawn: The Atomic Bomb from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War (winner of the 2011 Choice Award), Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada (winner of the 2011 Deetz Award)and Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco’s Waterfront. His books Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea and Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage are both international best-sellers published simultaneously in North America and Britain. Other books include Waterfront: An Illustrated Maritime Story of Greater Vancouver, Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks, the Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime ArchaeologyGhost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini AtollPearl Harbor Recalled: New Images from the Day of InfamyGreat American ShipsTo California by Sea: A Maritime History of the Gold Rush, and three books for children; Wrecks of American WarshipsNative American Shipwrecks, and Shipwrecks of the Westward Movement