University of Cyprus, Archaeological Research Unit
56th Public Lecture Series - Winter Semester 2021. Celebrating 30 Years of Research at the Archaeological Research Unit, 1991-2021
Mapping Shipwreck Archaeologies in the Eastern Mediterranean: The sites, the people, and the environment
Dr Anna Demetriou | Post-doctoral Researcher
SHARE Research Project, Honor Frost Foundation
The relics of ancient ships are the most commonly and thoroughly investigated type of underwater archaeological remains. Since the 1960s, significant advances have been achieved in the theories and methodologies applied in their research and management. The presentation will touch upon the subject matter of the post-doctoral research project ‘SHARE’, which has only just begun. It will trace the history of shipwreck archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean; an area where the particular socio-political conditions prevailing set a common ground for the practice of archaeology in general, and shipwreck archaeology in particular. With focus on issues such as the archaeological, the intellectual and the social contexts of shipwreck archaeological practice in the region, the project aspires to contribute in a comprehensive understanding of the development of the field.