Dr Crystal El Safadi is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She is a maritime archaeologist with a background and expertise in archaeological computing and Geographic Information System. Crystal is part of the Arcadia funded MarEA (Maritime Endangered Archaeology) project, which is rapidly and comprehensively documenting and assessing, through remote sensing applications, threats to the maritime and coastal archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa. Her work focuses on managing geospatial and heritage data and undertaking both desk and field-based research that enhances knowledge of the maritime cultural heritage asset, of its state of preservation, and how best to manage it through regional initiatives and collaborations. In her archaeological research, Crystal focuses on Bronze Age and Neolithic seafaring and maritime mobility modelling.
- Maritime Cultural Heritage
- Databases and Repositories
- Geospatial Data and Mapping
- Maritime Prehistoric Mobility
- Digital Archaeology
Crystal is currently involved in research focusing on the survey, documentation, and management of maritime cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work seeks to unite digital and maritime archaeological research through: GIS applications and mapping, remote sensing survey and analysis for the maritime environment, and the development of heritage repositories.
She has undertaken extensive research and computational modelling on the topic of prehistoric maritime mobility looking at maritime activities and connectivity in the Bronze Age Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, and Neolithic maritime mobility across the north-western European seaways.
Crystal led and collaborated on several projects including:
- Monitoring the pattern and impact of vessel mobility on underwater cultural heritage
- Investigating Neolithic maritime landscapes and practice in the Levant and Cyprus
- Settlement Geography of the Iranian Coastal Plain: Analysis and Dissemination of the Andrew Williamson Dataset
As a maritime archaeologist, she led underwater fieldwork, provided geospatial data management expertise to projects, and undertook diving and marine geophysical surveying. She worked across several countries, namely Lebanon, Cyprus, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Oman, Bahrain, and the U.K.