Week 1

Additional resources relating to Week 1 of Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds

Explore further – extended reading

This page contains many links to articles and videos about maritime archaeology and recent research and discoveries. There is no expectation that you will read (or watch) all of the links that have been listed. These items are not essential to the course, but we are aware that many learners are keen to develop their knowledge in specific areas. We would recommend that you dip into this step when you have time.

What is Maritime Archaeology?

Miscellaneous resources that may be of interest to you.

The Birth of Underwater Archaeology, 1960-1962.

This three-part film shows the pioneers of nautical archaeology as they develop methods of excavating ancient shipwrecks on the seabed. Among them are George Bass, Claude Duthuit, Fredereick van Doorninck, Susan Womer Katzev, Ann Bass and David Owen, who later founded the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), which now excavates around the world.

More videos that you may be able to watch.

Explore further – extended reading [Advanced]

The articles in this section are at a more advanced level than the previous step. As before, there is no expectation that you will read or watch all of the items.

  • Time capsules? Maritime Archaeology of the Baltic Sea and new perspectives on history. Lecture by Jon Adams recorded by California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. The low salinity of the Baltic inhibits those organisms that live on and degrade organic materials, particularly wood. This means that wooden shipwrecks survive in far better states of preservation than in other seas. This lecture reviews the history of northern Europe through three thousand years of shipwrecks, bog finds and rock art and suggests that major episodes of innovation and change in shipbuilding manifest similarly profound changes in society.
  • Archaeometry and Shipwrecks. This review of ‘From mine to microscope’ by Mike Tite covers the history of archaeometry in the first half of the 20th century.


Some of the articles that we recommend are on Academia.edu, a platform for academics to share research papers. Anyone can create a free account to access the papers.

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Who’s on Academia.edu?

Various members of the Shipwrecks team can be found on Academia.edu:

Articles on Academia.edu

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