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Joe Brett – a short biography

Hi! I'm Joe Brett and I work for the Media Development team in ILIaD (Institite for Learning Innovation and Development at the University of Southampton. I have been working with the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds team, helping to create the educational and promotional videos for the upcoming course - making sure we are able to capture all the fascinating content that will be delivered. 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 →

Julian Whitewright – a short biography

Hello, I am Julian Whitewright and I am one of the educators on the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds course. I work as a maritime archaeologist at the University of Southampton and the Maritime Archaeology Trust ( The areas of maritime archaeology that I am interested in really revolve around boats and ships, and especially the different ways that they were built and used; both now and in the past. Continue reading →

Amelia Astley – a short biography

Hi, I’m Amelia Astley, a PhD student at the University of Southampton. Although my office is within the National Oceanography Centre my PhD focuses on the dynamics of shipwreck sites, specifically looking at the effects of varying marine environments on the evolution of wreck sites. Presently I am focusing on the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery, a WW2 liberty ship, which wrecked after becoming stranded on a sandbank off the Sheerness. Continue reading →

Danielle Newman – a short biography

Hello!  My name is Danielle Newman and I am currently working towards a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. My work focuses on how theories and models of public engagement are currently being applied to maritime archaeology. I look at how academics think maritime archaeologists are communicating with the public and then go and interview people who are working on engagement programmes to see how theory is being applied. Continue reading →

Tamsyn Smith – a short biography

Hello! I'm Tamsyn Smith and I'm a Learning Designer. I've been supporting the academic team in creating Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds. My background isn't in archaeology, so I've had the fortune to learn a lot during the creation of the course - I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! I've been present when the videos for the course were being filmed, looking over the shoulder of Joe, our amazing camera-man. Continue reading →

Esther Unterweger – a short biography

Esther Unterweger, Karl-Franzen University Graz, Austria and University of Southampton, England (BA Art History, MA Provincial Archaeology and Maritime Archaeology, Scientific Diver) While studying Art History in Austria (Karl-Franzens University of Graz) and in Spain (University of Valencia) I developed an interest and later on passion for Archaeology. During my MA in Archaeology in Austria I focused on Provincial Archaeology especially in the provinces of North Africa and Asia Minor. Continue reading →

Crystal Safadi – a short biography

Hello! I'm Crystal Safadi and I've been a postgraduate student at the University of Southampton for almost two years now. I completed an MSc in Archaeological Computing- Spatial Technologies which focused on Early Bronze Age settlement patterns in the Beqa'a valley, Lebanon. In the summer of 2013 I was awarded a scholarship by the Honor Frost Foundation for a Masters in Maritime Archaeology, followed by a Ph.D. Continue reading →