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Mr José Oscar Encuentra Bardina BA, MA

Postgraduate research student, Centre for Maritime Archaeology

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José Oscar is Postgraduate Research student at the Centre for Maritime archaeology with a focus in Roman maritime trade and Ancient shipwrecks in western Mediterranean.

Life is a continuous challenge and only those who dare, win. “Audentes fortuna iuvat”.


José Oscar changed his professional career in 2010. After 10 years teaching History in secondary schools in Spain and Andorra, He decided to fulfil one of his dreams: becoming an Underwater Archaeologist.

In 2011 he enrolled in the D.U. Archéologie Sous-Marine at University of Nîmes, France, and in 2012, he arrived in Southamppton to start his Master in Maritime Archaeology at the CMA. Apart fron his academic training he acquired fieldwork experience as underwater archaeologist joining several underwater archaeology projects in France, Spain and Bolivia: Port-Vendres, Narbonne-Mandirac, Nice-Baie des Anges, Arles-Rhône, Bajo de la Campana, Deltebre and Huiñaimarca-Lago Titicaca.

After finishing his Master in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2013, he joined the Maritime Archaeology Trust (UK) as Education & Outreach Officer.

In 2016, José Oscar joined as a Research Associate the University 'Libre de Bruxelles' where he was involved in the Lake Titicaca Project in Bolivia. Apart from excavating underwater at 3815 m of altitude, he was the director of the underwater archaeology field school for Bolivian archaeologists. Returned from Bolivia in 2017, he joined, as co-director, the 'Cap Gros' Project; the excavation of a 1st c. AD shipwreck near Port-Vendres, France, with a cargo of Pascual 1 amphorae.

Finally, in 2018, he decided that the time had arrived to change, provisionally, the airlifts for the books and starting his Postgraduate Research studies at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology. His research focus in assessing how shipwreck evidence can help us to better understand the port system and the maritime trade connections of Narbo Martius, current Narbonne, during the late Republic and the early Roman Empire (1st c. BC to early 3rd. c. AD) and its role as a central place for the import, export and redistribution of goods.

José Oscar currently combine his Postgraduate Research studies at the University of Southampton with his tasks as Project Manager and underwater archaeologist with ARESMAR in France, and his teaching as a visiting lecturer at the University 'Externado' in Bogota, Colombia and the University of Perpignan, France.

Research interests

Research topic

The contribution of shipwreck evidence to our understanding of the maritime trade connections of Narbo Martius (1st c. BC to early 3rd. c. AD).


(former) Simon Keay and Julian Whitewright; (current) Helen Farr and Fraser Sturt; (external) Julian Whitewright and Marie-Pierre Jézégou.


Research group

Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Affiliate research groups

Maritime Archaeology, Classical and historical archaeology

ARCH6122 Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring

Sessions on Economy of the Roman Wold, and Trade and Transport in the Roman World.

Mr José Oscar Encuentra Bardina
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number : 65A/2241

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