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Maritime Archaeology: Advanced Theories

To help us understand why Maritime Archaeology is more than just the salvage of artefacts from the seabed we need to consider what questions we are interested in and what …

The problem with time

Time is of critical importance to archaeology; knowing when and where something happened is crucial in constructing the story of our human past. However, telling that story in a clear …

History of maritime archaeology

As discussed in the video, Maritime Archaeology exploration of the sea floor has a long history – perhaps stretching back over millennia. We know from archaeological finds that breath hold …

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 …

The development of a discipline

The history of maritime archaeology as a discipline spans a short period of just over 150 years. This is largely as a result of the remoteness of the sea bed …

Assessment information

Weekly quizzes to check your understanding Towards the end of each week, there will be a multiple choice quiz which will be an opportunity for you to test your understanding …

Getting help

If you need advice on how to do anything, you can always post your question in the Comments. There is a team of educators and mentors who will be monitoring …

Cape Gelidonya, Turkey (1200 BC)

In 1959 Peter Throckmorton discovered a Late Bronze Age shipwreck off the south coast of Turkey close to Cape Gelidonya, after which the site subsequently took its name. This discovery …

The Grace Dieu, England (1439)

In the mudflats of the River Hamble, near Bursledon lies a piece of unique medieval maritime heritage, one that has a special relationship with the University of Southampton. Here lies …

The Torrey Canyon, England (1967)

The image that most people have of maritime archaeology might well be one of a medieval wreck (like the Mary Rose or the Vasa) lying partly exposed on the sea …

Studying boat building traditions

In this video, Dr Jesse Ransley talks about studying boats being built around the world today. She highlights the ways in which studying diverse boat building traditions can help archaeologists …

Tybrind Vig, Denmark (5400-4000 cal BC)

Maritime archaeology has had a great influence on our understanding of human history. This is particularly true when we study sites further back in time. On dry land, well preserved …

Studying maritime traditions and skills

In the last couple of decades, maritime archaeologists have become increasingly interested in working with boat builders and studying traditional maritime skills. Archaeologists have studied boat building across the world …

The practice of Maritime Archaeology

In this video we look at what the practice of maritime archaeology entails, and what we get out of it. In many ways we are very lucky to work in …

How do you do Maritime Archaeology?

In this video, students and staff from University of Southampton explain how they do maritime archaeology. The list of links that Julian refers to is in 4.22 Farewell from the …