Stefan Claesson

Research Scientist

Stefan Claesson

Research Interests

Urban waterfront and shipwreck archaeology, submerged prehistoric archaeology, history of fishing, cultural resource management, sustainable development of cultural heritage, waterfront planning and development.


  • B. S. Archaeological Studies, Boston University, 1992
  • B. A. Psychology, Boston University, 1992
  • M. A. Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1998
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of New Hampshire

Professional Activities

  • Fund for the Preservation of Maine's Maritime Heritage, Advisor.
  • Institute of Maritime History, Founder, 1995; Board of Directors, 1995-2005.

Current Projects

  • Sustainable Development of Maritime Cultural Resources in the Gulf of Maine
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Historical and Cultural Resources
  • Mapping Historic Fishing Grounds in the Gulf of Maine and Northwest Atlantic Ocean
  • Rainsford Island (Boston Harbor) Archaeological Survey
  • Fishing Heritage Festivals and Coastal Community Development in the Gulf of Maine

Selected Publications, Presentations, Papers, and Reports

  • "Mapping Paleo-Coastlines and Cultural Resources in Boston Harbor, MA." Voices From the Deep: Recent Advances in the Study and Management of Native North America’s Submerged Cultural Resources. Montreal: Society for American Archaeology, 69th Annual Meeting, 2004.
  • “On the Shores of the Maghreb-el-Aqsa: The 1999 Survey of Tangier Bay, Morocco”. Eds. Yacoub Y. Al-Hijji and Vassilios Christides. Aspects of Arab Seafaring: An Attempt to Fill in the Gaps of Maritime History. Athens: Institute of Graeco-Oriental and African Studies, 2002.
  • Feasibility Study for the Development of Software Applications for Cultural Heritage Management. Report for the Department of Transportation, Small Business Innovative Research Program, 2002.
  • “A Preliminary Report on the Excavation of a Nineteenth-Century Derelict Vessel in Cape Neddick, Maine: The Southern New Jersey Coasting Schooner Annabella.” Northeast Historical Archaeology 26 (1997): 39-62.