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Centre for Maritime Archaeology

About us

We provide a focus for maritime archaeological research at the University of Southampton.

Committed to the promotion and practice of maritime archaeology, we have provided world class expertise in research and education since 1995. Our members are involved in a wide range of international research and fieldwork projects and we have established strong links with other UK universities, overseas academic institutions and both the commercial and curatorial sectors. 

Much of the work conducted within the Centre is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on the University’s established excellence in Archaeology and Heritage, Marine Science, History, Geography, English, Digital Humanities and Ship Science. We collaborate regularly with researchers from across the University as well as with industry partners, NGOs, the media and policy makers. Our research projects have a global scope. Current projects include underwater survey, excavation, digital documentation and heritage conservation in UK waters, but also in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Pacific, where we work with colleagues and communities towards the protection of Maritime Heritage.  

Members of the research centre include lecturers, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD and Masters students. Our staff are world leading experts in their fields and our research students and postdoctoral researchers have access to cutting-edge technology and training for professional development, high quality research and access to wider networks, creating an inclusive, collaborative and energetic research institute.

Our approach to teaching is research-led and the Centre offers students the opportunity of hands-on learning through participation in active research projects. Our research and teaching draw on diverse methodologies including marine geophysics, marine geoarchaeology, palaeogeographic reconstruction, underwater survey and excavation, GIS analysis, archival research, experimental archaeology and ethnography. 

All of the above has served to place the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the forefront of maritime archaeological theory, method and practice in the academic and commercial spheres.

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