Dr. Richards specializes in maritime archaeology, archaeological theory and is a specialist in watercraft discard and cultural site formation processes of the archaeological record. He has an interest in non-traditional subjects in maritime archaeology focusing on non-shipwreck sites such as ship graveyards, the archaeology of harbor infrastructure, and maritime terrestrial sites. He is co-author of “The Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail” (Government of South Australia, 2001), and author of “Ships’ Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation Process” (University Press of Florida, 2008). Dr. Richards teaches classes in the theory, method, and ethics of maritime archaeology, field schools, and cultural resource management.
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