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Dr Crystal El Safadi 

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Crystal El Safadi is a Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I am a maritime archaeologist with a background and expertise in GIS and archaeological computing. I currently work on the Arcadia funded MarEA (Maritime Endangered Archaeology) project. MarEA aims to rapidly and comprehensively document and assess, through remote sensing applications, threats to the maritime and coastal archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa.

In tandem, and as part of my second role as a Research Fellow at the university, I undertake research and develop computational methodologies/modelling on the topic of prehistoric maritime mobility within the north-western European seaways.

Prior to this, as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, I contributed to teaching on the master’s programme in Maritime Archaeology. I have also led maritime archaeological fieldwork in Lebanon (2018) and worked on various projects as a field archaeologist, underwater archaeologist, GIS specialist and marine geophysical specialist. These opportunities have not only afforded me the experience of working within a number of countries, namely Lebanon, Cyprus, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Oman and the U.K. but also, to work across disciplines and specialisations. As a Research Technician (2016-2017), I worked on a project entitled Writing Honor: The Levant and the History of Archaeological Ideas about Seascapes.

My doctoral thesis focused on maritime activities during the Early Bronze Age within the Levant. It identified the complexity of analysing the past through the lens of a modern geographical understanding and offered an alternate mapping concept through which we may engage with the past.

My qualifications include:

BA, Archaeology, American University of Beirut, 2006
MSc, Archaeological Computing- Spatial Technologies, University of Southampton, 2013
MA, Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2014
PhD, University of Southampton, 2018.

Research interests

Over the years my research interests have grown and expanded; from a focus on maritime activities and connectivity in the Bronze Age Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, to Neolithic maritime mobility across the north-western European seaways, and endangered maritime cultural heritage.

These differing streams of research converge in two main themes of interest: computational/digital approaches and prehistoric maritime mobility/connectivity.

Ultimately, I am keen to unite digital and maritime archaeological research. This takes several forms in my work: from GIS space-time applications to programming, remote sensing change and tracking analysis for the maritime environment, open-access database support and development for the coastal and submerged archaeological record, and creating engaging media on aspects of the history of maritime archaeology (e.g. Honor Frost story map).

Research group

Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Maritime Archaeology (CMA), Archaeological Computing, Maritime Archaeology

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Dr Crystal El Safadi
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

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