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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsFRASER STURT: Hello and welcome to Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds. I'm Dr. Fraser Sturt and I'm here with Dr. Jesse Ransley. DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsJESSE RANSLEY: Over the next four weeks, we're going to be exploring maritime archaeology. We're going to be looking at the history of maritime archaeology. We'll be looking at submerged prehistory and geophysical techniques. We'll be looking at shipwrecks and what they can tell us about seafaring worlds in the past. And we'll also be thinking about the methods of maritime archaeology and some of the ethics and politics that's involved. DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsFRASER STURT: And we're going to do this through a series of videos, like this, articles and features on the website. But also, most importantly, and most exciting for us, is going to be through response to your comments and ideas. What's maritime archaeology like in your part of the world? And what do you think about the topics that we're looking at? DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsJESSE RANSLEY: So we hope you enjoy the course as much as we've enjoyed putting it together.

Welcome and introduction to the course

In this short video Dr Fraser Sturt and Dr Jesse Ransley describe what’s included in the course and how it will be delivered.

During the course, you will be introduced to different researchers in fields relevant to the content of that week. The course educators include:

Alt text Some of the course educators: (L-R) Dr Helen Farr, Professor Jon Adams, Dr Lucy Blue, Dr Julian Whitewright, Dr Jesse Ransley & Dr Fraser Sturt

You can find out more about the team on our course blog.


For more information about what to expect about learning in the course, how to report technical problems, and what kind of assessments there are, please read the information in the steps that follow. You may also find it helpful to read our blog post Before the course starts


We’ve structured the course so that you learn some of the basics of maritime archaeology, before moving on to consider seafaring through the ages, followed by looking at the changing marine environment and survey techniques before finishing the course with a look at the practical side of archaeology as well as discussing ethics and legislation.

The course team will focus on responding to comments in the current week, but please feel free to skip ahead to any of the topics that are of particular interest to you. For example, this week we’re looking at the basics of maritime archaeology and finding out what you think maritime archaeology is, so that you are ready to look at some early boats.

Week 2 starts by exploring the classical world before moving onto the Vikings. You will have the opportunity to learn about medieval seafaring before moving onto the Age of Sail (including pirates).

Week 3 discusses the importance of sea-level change to archaeologists as well as teaching you more about the geophysical techniques that are used in Maritime Archaeology. You will also have the chance to play the role of a maritime archaeologist.

Week 4 includes a number of case studies from different eras (including the Grace Dieu and the Torrey Canyon). The final week of the course also looks at ethics and legislation in more depth. We will also signpost further opportunities for you to get involved in maritime archaeology and opportunities for you to meet the team.

Every Thursday during the course, (2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd February) the Shipwrecks Academic Team will be taking part in a TweetChat from 20:00-21:00 GMT. To join in, follow the hashtag #FLShipwrecks.


It is possible to share your response in the discussion area. Have a look at other learners’ comments. If you can relate to a comment someone else has made, why not ‘Like’ it or leave a reply? You can filter comments by ‘Following’, ‘Most liked’ and ‘My comments’.

If you want to see recent activity on the course, just click the Activity link. If you’re following someone, you can filter this list to show the comments of people you’re following, or see if anyone has replied to a comment you’ve made.

When you’ve finished a step just click the pink ‘Mark as complete’ button. This will allow you to see at a glance which steps you have completed on your ‘to do’ list, and so we can show you how much you’ve completed on your Progress page.

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Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology

University of Southampton

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