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Ports and harbours

A port, a harbour or an anchorage place? Essentially a place to safely moor your boat or ship. These critical points of contact and exchange, interfaces between different cultures, located between land and sea, have been relatively little studied by archaeologists in the past, until recently. Seminal works on harbours were published by Blackman in 1982 in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. Continue reading →

UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology

The UNITWIN Network (University Twinning and Networking Programme) for Underwater Archaeology was established in 2012. It aims to increase capacity in the participating countries through international cooperation. In accordance with the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, it aims to enhance the protection of, and research into, underwater cultural heritage. Continue reading →

Lucy Blue – a short biography

I am Lucy Blue, director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton and one of the educators on the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds course. My experience in maritime archaeology extends from maritime ethnography, coastal landscapes, harbours and geomorphology, to underwater survey and excavation, coastal heritage management and preservation and media presentation. Continue reading →

Interested in Roman ports and harbours?

The Centre for Maritime Archaeology (CMA) at the University of Southampton has carried out lots of ¬†exciting projects relating to ports and the maritime past. The CMA hosts a team of specialists who undertake research into ancient shipwrecks of Roman and Medieval trade, they explore ports and harbours within and beyond the Mediterranean shores, along the Red Sea coast and within the Indian Ocean. Continue reading →