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Dr Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz 

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz 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 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.




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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.

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

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