Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Shipwrightery at Bucklers Hard

April 9, 2015
by Helen Farr

Ancient Shipwrightery tool-marks recording will take place at Bucklers Hard 2nd- 4th May.

Winchelsea Medieval Port Project

April 9, 2015
by Helen Farr

New project at the ancient port of Winchelsea, East Sussex, to include geotechnical survey and an RTI survey of the Ship Graffiti in St. Thomas Church and the cellar underneath Blackfriars Barn.

Find our more at the Medieval Ports, Ships and Sailors conference in Winchelsea on the 26th of April 2015.

For more information, and to register, please email was@winchelsea.net  or thomas.dhoop@soton.ac.uk

Funded PhD Studentship

March 17, 2015
by Helen Farr

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship in the Faculty of Humanities in collaboration with the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. This studentship is funded through an SMMI Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Award, to start October 2015. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Helen Farr (Archaeology), Prof Robert Marsh (Ocean and Earth Science) and Dr Ivan Haigh (Ocean and Earth Science).

For more information, and to apply, please follow this link:


Medieval Seafaring video up for BUFVC award.

February 17, 2015
by Jesse Ransley

Our MOOC (free online maritime archaeology course) film maker, Joe Brett, has been nominated for the British Universities Film and Video Council Learning on Screen Awards for the Courseware and Curriculum In-House Production section for ‘Medieval Seafaring’.

The short video on ‘Medieval seafaring and shipbuilding‘ presented by Prof Jon Adams and starring some of our recent Masters graduates wielding adzes and axes was shot at Bucklers Hard, Beaulieau last spring.

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Adriatic Without Borders

November 11, 2014
by Helen Farr

If you happen to be in Italy, why not pop along to the exhibition currently running at Castello di Udine?  The exhibition, Adriatico Senza Confini, showcases cultural contact around the Adriatic Sea between 6000-4000 BC and  includes work by Helen Farr on navigation and seafaring.

It will be running until the 22 February 2015, see exhibition page above, or take a look at their facebook page.


Adriatico senza confini, Udine, Italy

Adriatico senza confini, Udine, Italy



The Sea and Me: Public Event 22nd Nov

November 6, 2014
by Jesse Ransley

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Saturday 22nd November

10am – 5pm


This event will bring together researchers, local cultural institutions, and the wider public for a series of talks, workshops, and hands-on activities around the theme of The Sea. We’ll be considering everything from pirates to shipwrecks to sound and the sea.

As a port city, Southampton has a long history of interaction with the sea and the industries surrounding it. This event will be an opportunity for the public to learn about and engage with innovative research on the sea across space and time.

The event is free and the Avenue Campus café will be open for visitors to purchase light refreshments.

In addition to the core talks, there will be some children’s activities from 12-3pm and an interactive exhibition. There will be a maritime archaeology ‘meet the experts’ drop-in room through the afternoon and several CMA members will be giving ‘core talks’ (including Julian Whitewright discussing ‘Shipwrecks of the Solent’, Fraser Sturt talking on ‘Living with Environmental Change’ and Jesse Ransley ‘Building backwater boats: mud, sewing and other stories’)

SeaCity Museum in Southampton will also be hosting some ‘Sea and Me’ activities as part of the day (entry fee to the museum applies).

There’s more info and the full programme for the day here or you can find out more from The Sea and Me team on twitter @theseaandme2014.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, led by the School of Advanced Studies and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

To book your place, please go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sea-and-me-tickets-13023647079



Human origins & seafaring

October 23, 2014
by Helen Farr

Dr Helen Farr will be guest chairing the CAHO discussion group on early hominin finds in the eastern Mediterranean and the implications for early seafaring . This will take place on Tuesday 4th November at 5pm in the John Wymer Lab. All welcome!

Julian Whitewright to be AIA’s 2014 Steffy Lecturer

October 7, 2014
by Jesse Ransley

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Dr Julian Whitewright will be the Archaeological Institute of America’s Steffy Lecturer for 2014-2015.

Julian will be delivering lectures at the University of Missouri, the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan during late October. He’ll present both his ongoing work into the sailing rigs of the ancient Mediterranean and research on eighteenth and nineteenth century British ships and shipbuilding.

The Steffy Lecturer was established by the AIA in 2008 to commemorate J. Richard Steffy’s life work on wooden shipbuilding and the interpretation of shipwrecks.

You can find more information on J. Richard Steffy and his research here, and there is more information on Julian’s work here.

Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: starts Monday.

October 2, 2014
by Jesse Ransley

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Our free, 4-week, online course starts on Monday.

It’s a fantastic introduction to maritime archaeology open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Stuffed full of articles, videos, slideshows, interactive timelines and links to fantastic online resources, it has been designed by a team of lecturers, researchers and postgraduates at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology. They will be on hand throughout the course to respond to comments, queries and new ideas.

The course also offers an exciting array of optional ‘advanced steps’ and digital journal articles for those who want to explore the subject further. Special thanks must go to the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology for providing a special digital open access issue of the journal to support the MOOC and to Oxford University Press for providing digital access to one of the chapters from the Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology.

All you need to do to begin exploring shipwrecks and submerged worlds is register here . Or you can find out more on our course blog or on Twitter @UoSShipwrecks

Important New Decision by Minister of Culture, Haiti for UNESCO protection of possible “Santa Maria” wreck

July 10, 2014
by Michael Murray

Hello Everyone

Just wanted to relate a landmark decision that has profound significance for the maritime archaeological protection of shipwrecks in Haitian waters regarding the investigation of the possible remains of the “Santa Maria”. It’s a good day for maritime archaeology!

Michael Murray

From: http://www.haitilibre.com/article-11546-haiti-patrimoine-barry-clifford-n-est-plus-autorise-a-poursuivre-ses-fouilles-sous-marines-en-haiti.html

Haiti – Heritage: Barry Clifford is no longer allowed to continue its underwater excavations in Haiti
07/08/2014 11:07:14

Haiti - Heritage: Barry Clifford is no longer allowed to continue its underwater excavations in Haiti

Monday at a press conference at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) Monique Rosann Minister of Culture gave an update on the “discovery” in May, a wreck off the north coast of Haiti by explorer Barry Clifford, better known as a professional treasure hunter, who says it is the remains of Santa Maria (ship Admiral Christophe the Government in this case is very cautious, the Minister said there was no certainty about the name of this wreck, which had also been located before Barry Clifford, through studies conducted between 1978 and 1985 by the University of Florida with permission from the Haitian government. The Minister said that following the request for technical assistance from the Government of Haiti to the Scientific Council of the UNESCO Convention, in a letter dated 12 June Scientific Committee of UNESCO has deemed non-compliant, proposed by Mr. Clifford to perform underwater excavations on alleged remains of the Santa Maria and the proposed method in this work team was not qualified. Following UNESCO recommendations, the Government of Haiti rejects the proposal Explorer and authorizes more to continue its underwater excavations. Moreover, the Minister rejected the state of emergency invoked by Barry Clifford , claiming that the wreck was protected by several meters of sediment and showed no risk that justifies immediate excavation. Responding to the request of the Haitian government, UNESCO will provide technical assistance and should send in August a team expert, who will study in depth the wreck.