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Dr Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz 

Visiting Fellow

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Rodrigo received his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2015. He is a specialist in maritime archaeology, with interests in coastal societies and their interaction with the changing environment. He is also interested in developing new ways of exploring and documenting remote deep water archaeological sites.

His experience in this field has been extensive and varied, participating in a number of commercial and research international projects in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic, the English Channel, the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea, as well as inland water sites in the British Isles and Mexico.

He is currently working on prehistoric maritime landscapes and 15th – 18th Century shipwrecks of North and Eastern Europe using state-of-the-art technologies and computational modelling.

Rodrigo is a member of staff at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology of the University of Southampton and full time research fellow on the Black Sea maritime Archaeology Project (MAP) led by Professor Jon Adams and funded by EEF Expeditions.

He is also involved on external collaboration with the Prehistory, Ancient History, Archaeology and Geography Research Group from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain dedicated in particular on the maritime aspects of prehistoric Atlantic communities as well as collaboration with the Institute of Anthropologic Studies from the UNAM in Mexico. Rodrigo is a Nautical Archaeology Society tutor as well as a HSE Air Commercial Diver.

Research project(s)

Submerged Neolithic of the Western Isles

This project seeks to resolve the context, nature and significance of a number of recent spectacular underwater discoveries of complete and near complete Neolithic (c.4000-2500BC) pottery vessels from lochs in Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Their submerged contexts have led to an exceptional degree of preservation, allowing both radiocarbon dating and potential residue analysis. While significant in their own right, these finds are more exceptional for the questions they raise, and the potential they indicate for the islands’ lochs to transform our understanding of the Neolithic.

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Dr Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

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