Dr Jose L. Casaban

Institution: Texas A&M University
Country: Spain 

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Dr. Jose L. Casabán recently graduated from the Nautical Archaeology Program in Texas A&M University. His research focuses on 16th- and 17th-centuries Spanish shipbuilding and seafaring while his dissertation investigated the design, outfitting, and history of the Twelve Apostles, a series of galleons built in Spain between 1589 and 1591. In addition, Dr. Casabán specializes in archival research and the applications of underwater photogrammetry, CAD, and GIS in Nautical Archaeology. He also has an extensive experience in archaeological fieldwork which includes directing both land and underwater projects. He is a Research Associate at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), and an experienced diver with technical and commercial diving certifications.


Casabán, J.L. (2017) The Santiago de Galicia and the Illyrian squadron: characteristics, dimensions, and tonnages of Mediterranean-built galleons for Philip’s II Atlantic fleets (1593 – 1597). The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 29(2), 238-260.

Casabán, J.L. (2016) The Wreck of the San Bartlomé (1597). The Mariner’s Mirror, Volume 102, Issue 02, pages 206-210.

Casabán, J.L. (2014), The reconstruction of a 17th-century Spanish galleon, in Dagneau, C. and Gauvin, K. (eds.), ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings 2014 (January 8-12 2014). 267-275. Quebec, Canada.

Casabán, J.L. (2014), The outfitting and sailing of early sixteenth-century vessels in the Pacific: The Loaysa and Saavedra expeditions (1525-1536), in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.), Proceedings of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Heritage (May 12-16 2014), Hawaii, HI.

Casabán, J.L., San Claudio, M., Castro F., González, R. (2013). The Finisterre Project, The INA Quarterly 40.1: 15-21.

Casabán, J.L., San Claudio, M., Castro F., (2012). The Finisterre Project, The INA Quarterly 39:3-4: 21.


  • 2010 – Present. PhD Candidate Nautical Archaeology Program. Texas A&M University (USA).
  • 1999 – 2000. MA Post-Excavation Skills. School of Archaeological Studies. University of Leicester (UK)

Dissertation: “GIS (ArcView) applications within commercial Archaeology: the case-study of Warren Farm (Lockington, Leicestershire)”.

  • 1993 – 1998. BA Geography and History; specialty Prehistory and Archaeology

Faculty of Geography and History, University of Valencia (Spain).

1997 – 1998 University of Pisa:  Erasmus Scholarship (Italy).



  • 2013-present. The “12 Apostles” Project. Reconstruction and historical research of the late 16th century Spanish built galleons the “12 Apostles” (1589-1591) based on primary written sources, archaeological data, and iconographic evidence.The data will be correlated to produce a dynamic model of these galleons in which cargo, crew, passengers, gear, rigging, anchors, ordnance, and ballast will be added. The purpose of the reconstruction is to gain a better understanding of late 16th century Spanish galleons design, construction, displacement, hydrodynamic properties, and outfitting for a better understanding of the Spanish shipbuilding during this period. This includes the analysis of the life on board, the organization, and the occupation of the interior space of the ship. These aspects determine the ship's design, size, shape, and functionality, which in return, influence the aspects already mentioned.
  • 2011-present. Finisterre Project (Institute of Nautical Archaeology – Archeonauta S.L). Archaeological and historical research of the 16th century shipwrecks located in the Finisterre area (Galicia, Spain). These shipwrecks are part of the 1596 fleet which sank in the Finisterre area while was heading to Ireland to disembark an expeditionary army to support the insurrection of the count of Tyrone against the English. The project also includes the archaeological research of the 16th century shipwreck located in the Ribadeo inlet (Galicia, Spain).
  • 2011-present. Nuestra Señora del Juncal. Reconstruction of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora del Juncal (1631) based on primary written sources, archaeological data, and iconographic evidence. The data is combined with the design methods of the seventeenth century using a CAD software package to produce the lines drawings of the galleon. A full three-dimensional model with the hull components and the complete sail plan of the galleon is also being constructed.
  • 2013 The Shipwreck of Gnalić – Mirror of Renaissance World. Photogrammetric mapping of the Gnalic Shipwreck (16th century).
  • 2008-2010 Bajo de la Campana (Institute of Nautical Archaeology – National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Spain). Photogrammetric mapping of the 7th century BC Phoenician shipwreck to develop a GIS database for archaeological analysis (Murcia, Spain)
  • 2008 Mazarron 2 Project (Archeonauta S.L. – National Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Spain). Photogrammetric model of the 7th century BC Phoenician shipwreck Mazarron 2 (Murcia, Spain). The aim of the project was to produce a 3D model of the interior of the hull for the study of the ship construction.




S. Girolamo Project (Suđurađ) Excavation and study of the ship S. Girolamo, sunk in 1576 off the island of Šipan

The Shipwreck of Gnalić - Mirror of Renaissance World Gagliana grossa, 1583