Dr Kotaro Yamafune

Institution: A.P.P.A.R.A.T.U.S. LLC.
Country: Japan

Kotaro Yamafune received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hosei University in Tokyo in 2006. He entered the Nautical Archaeology Program in the Anthropology Department at Texas A&M University in September 2009 and received his Master of Arts degree in August 2012. He continued his studies in the Texas A&M University Nautical Archaeology Program and earned his doctorate in May 2016. His research interests include shipbuilding in Medieval Europe and the European Age of Discovery, and ship reconstruction. He also focuses on photogrammetric recording of submerged cultural heritage, including shipwreck sites.


  • President of A.P.P.A.R.A.T.U.S. LLC.
  • Lecturer at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Research Associate of J. Richard Steffy Ship Reconstruction Laboratory


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