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The research activity at the National Marine Museum is represented by the Department of Underwater Archeology, created in 1997 and under the scientific direction of Éric Rieth, Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS.

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Department of Research

In 1997, an agreement was signed between the National Museum of the Navy and the Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP), a joint research unit (UMR 8589) under the tutelage of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (UFR09 ) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), leading to the creation of a department of underwater archeology that offers documentary logistics to young researchers working in the fields of underwater archeology, naval architecture, or naval ethnography and the history of art.

Scientific research is under the scientific direction of Eric Rieth, researcher emeritus at CNRS and specialist in underwater archeology and naval ethicology, in charge of the seminar of medieval and modern nautical archeology at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Eric Rieth holds a PhD in ship archeology and technical history, has the ability to conduct research, supervises students on subjects related to the maritime world, and exploits and enhances the national museum's holdings of the Navy.

University research work in connection with the National Museum of the Marine framed by Eric Rieth :

  • Christophe Delaere, The underwater heritage of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Use and perception of lake space during the Tiwanaku period (500-1150 PCN), Doctorate thesis of the Free University of Brussels (co-direction).
  • Hélène Botcazou: The lour mourre, a fishing boat from the south of France, memory of 2 Master of Archeology of the University of Aix-Marseille (Co-direction).
  • Romain Fougeron, System of swimming of ancient and modern galleys through two examples: the Olympias and the French galley of the eighteenth century, memory of Master 2 of archeology of the University of Aix-Marseille (Co-direction).
  • Philippe Raja, The contribution of the multibeam echosounder to river archaeological surveys: first geophysical approach, high resolution bathymetry of the Parisian Seine between the bridge of the Concorde and the Austerlitz bridge, memory of the 2 master of archeology of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Co-direction).
  • Alexandra Grille, Large ships constructed in north and western Europe from the mid-14th century to the mid-16th century. Doctoral Thesis of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (direction).
  • Emilien Afane, History of naval architecture and nautical systems of the Byzantine period in the Mediterranean. Technical and Environmental Approach, PhD Thesis of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (direction).
  • Anne Pernet, Port heritage and its representations of the 1960 years to the present day. The case of Marseille, Sète and Port-Vendres, Master's thesis 2 of history of techniques of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Direction).
  • Alexandra Biard, Navigations and lacustrine installations in the highlands of Mexico: the case of Mexica and Tarasque, Doctorate thesis of the University of Paris 10-Nanterre (Member of the Jury).
  • Magali Veyrat: The lead furniture in the wooden navy (XVI-XIXth century). The case of the French littoral, Thesis of archeology of the University of Nantes (Tutor).


For any request for documentary research, please address your request:

by email

or by mail to the National Museum of the Marine Library:

National Museum of the Navy, Library, Palais de Chaillot, 17, Place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris.

Attention: due to the renovation, documentary research can only be carried out for cultural institutions: museums, libraries, archives, etc.

Thank you for your understanding.

Inquiries concerning specifically nautical archeologyPlease contact:
Eric Rieth
Such. 01 53 65 69 44
Fax. 01 53 65 69 42

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