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The Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group Presentation: Things Have to Change Seminar

28 January 2014
University of Southampton Avenue Campus Burgess Building 65b

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Event details

Iron Age boat building traditions in Northern Europe, by Rodrigo Pachecho Ruiz.

Rodrigo Pacheco Ruiz (PhD student) will present his work on Iron Age boat Building. The presentation will also be broadcasted on this link


Iron Age Boat Building

After the boom of prehistoric boat-building technological innovations during Bronze Age in Britain and the rich evidence of Mediterranean oceangoing activities, Northern European boatbuilding in the Iron Age has been traditionally considered to represent a lacunae in maritime activities and innovation. However, a close study of the archaeological and palaeoenvironmental context, for water transport during the 1st millenium BC in Northern Europe, shows that maritime cultures in this part of the world developed a very different way to face socio-cultural and environmental challenges. This talk aims to bring Iron Age maritime cultures of Northern Europe into the academic attention that other periods and regions have seen to profit from.

Speaker information

Rodrigo Pacheco Ruiz, University of Southampton. Rodrigo was born in 1982. He received his BA with honours in Archaeology from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in 2006 and his MA in Maritime Archaeology in 2009 from the University of Southampton. His experience in this field has been wide and varied, participating in a number of commercial and research international projects in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic, the English Channel and the Persian Gulf, as well as inland water sites in the British Isles and Mexico. His current research focused on maritime connectivity at the Isles of Scilly, is funded under a doctoral scheme awarded by the Consejo Nacional de la Ciencia y la Tecnología, with aim on exploring new ways of understanding maritime societies. As member of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group of the University of Southampton he is involved in multidisciplinary research within the Archaeology Department but also has 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. Rodrigo is a committee member of the Maritime Affairs Group from the Institute for Archaeologists and a Nautical Archaeology Society tutor as well as a CMAS (World Underwater Federation) Normoxic Trimix diver.

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