The Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group presentations will resume on January 28th at 4 pm, in the CMA lecture room.

Rodrigo Pacheco Ruiz (PhD student) will present his work on Iron Age boat Building. The presentation will also be broadcasted on this link http://coursecast.soton.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=b6af216d-a054-4497-a051-f39f55324d21

Abstract: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.

Things have to change: Iron Age boat building traditions in Northern Europe,by Rodrigo Pachecho Ruiz
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Crystal Safadi

PhD student funded by the Honor Frost Foundation. So far I completed two Masters degrees at the University of Southampton: an MSc in Archaeological Computing Spatial Technologies (2012-2013), thesis entitled ' The Beqa'a Valley during the Early Bronze Age: a GIS Approach to Settlement Patterns',  and an MA in Maritime Archaeology (2013-2014), 'Bronze Age and Iron Age Levantine Harbours: an Evaluation of their Afforded Maritime Accessibility and Protection'. During my Masters degrees I developed a set of skills and a passion for GIS, computational approaches, and marine geophysics. In my PhD research I will draw on several methods to investigate the maritime world of the Levantine Early Bronze Age through space and time. I worked on several archaeological digs and surveys, terrestrial and underwater ( Nissia Shipwreck Project 2014, Deltebre I shipwreck excavation 2014, Underwater survey in Anfeh Lebanon 2013, Excavation at Baalbek Lebanon 2012, excavation at Tell Fadous-Kfarabida Lebanon 2011, Tell el-Burak excavation 2011, etc.). Thanks to the support of the Honor Frost Foundation, The Said foundation, the British Lebanese Association, the University of Southampton Archaeology team, and my supervisors Dr Lucy blue and Dr Fraser Sturt, I was and still able to pursue my postgraduate studies.  

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