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Meet the team: Ammandeep Mahal

(BSc Hons Archaeology, University of Nottingham; MSc Hons Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton). My passion for archaeology stems from my travels; in Asia, Africa and Europe, I have acquired a taste of the richness of different cultures and traditions. I wanted to understand how these amazing cultures developed over the centuries and provide us with the diversity that we see in the modern world. Continue reading →

Plan the dive, dive the plan: Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds (2nd run)

It’s with a strange mixture of excitement and trepidation that we’re gearing up for the next run of the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds course (which starts on Monday 25th May). The first run last year was an incredibly positive experience. We had no idea what to expect, or an understanding of how people would react to the content we had created. From my experience working out on site and doing lectures for different societies, I thought that there would be a good level of interest. Continue reading →

Would you like to have an advanced look at our course?

We're hosting a user testing session on Wednesday 24th September from 1-5pm at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology in Southampton. This is a unique opportunity for 20 learners to meet some members of the course team and give feedback before the course goes live on October 6th. In order to take part, you must have registered with FutureLearn and be able to be in Southampton at the specified time. If you would like to book a place, please email 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 →