I am a Lecturer in Marine Archaeology for Bournemouth University and Programme leader for the MSc Marine Archaeology Programme, with twenty years experience in archaeology and specializing in the archaeology of early ships, Mediterranean Bronze Age, Greek, Roman and Medieval ship archaeology, ship recording and wood analyses and post-medieval shipping. My primary specialty is the in situ monitoring of degradation and preservation potential of marine archaeological sites. Since 1987 I have been involved in public access to archaeology as an researcher and journalist for Archeologia-Viva, the primary Italian language archaeological magazine. I was part of the international team which in 1989 saw the first underwater archaeological trail in the Mediterranean organised in Ustica (Sicily). Between 2001 and 2004 I was the scientific officer for the European Monitoring of Shipwreck Sites Project, a research partnership between 5 North European countries. Since 2002 I have been the main organiser of the Institute of Field Archaeologists Conference on Managing the Marine Cultural Heritage, of which I co-edited the first Conference Proceedings. I have extensive marine archaeological field experience having taken part in many underwater a rchaeological investigations in the Mediterranean and North West Europe. These have included the complete excavation and recovery of a 4th century BC Greek Archaic Shipwreck, a 2nd century AD Roman shipwreck in North Italy, the Kugg Maren Shipwreck in Sweden, an Iron Age log boat from Lincolnshire and the early 17th century Swash Channel wreck off Poole. Between 1989 and 1992 I managed a three-year research on the Roman Shipwreck of Genoa-Pegli – originally investigated by Nino Lamboglia, the pioneer of marine archaeology in Italy. This work was a partnership between Venice University and the Soprintendenza Ai Beni Archeologici (English Heritage equivalent). I have won several awards and grants, including the Joan du Plat Taylor Award and was runner up for the Keith Muckelroy Award, part of the British Archaeological Awards in 2006. I have received funding from Soprintendenza Ai Beni Archeologici (English Heritage equivalent), English Heritage and Project Aware. Over the last decade I have produced 2 monographs, 5 refereed publications, 1 conference publications, 11 popular publications and 20 commissioned reports in marine archaeology.
An experienced professional archaeologist with in excess of 25 years experience in marine archaeological research, I have authored over 100 archaelogical publications/consultancy reports. In 2004 I designed and I am now the Programme Leader for the University’s BSc Marine Archaeology Programme. I am also the Director of the Schools Centre for Marine and Coastal Archaeology, an active research centre with five researchers who undertake research and provide research consultancy in marine archaeology for a wide range of Governmental and non-governmental bodies. The BSc programme is a unique marine themed undergraduate degree in archaeology taught alongside an active research unit that provides both education for students and the opportunity for their involvement in active research programmes. In the last five years I have been the PI on marine archaeological grants worth a total of £500,000 and represented the marine archaeological community on a number of national committees. My research interests include prehistoric seafaring, ship construction, the social aspects of post medieval seafaring and the development of knowledge based (rather than processed based) methodological approaches for marine archaeology. In addition to my academic qualifications I am also a commercial Inshore Diving Supervisor, a Scientific Diving Supervisor and Advanced Diving Instructor.
Jessica took a masters in maritime archaeology from Flinders University in South Australia three years ago. Since then she has worked for the Western Australian Museum in Fremantle as an assistant curator. Returning to Europe she took her commercial dive tickets before working as a project supervisor for Wessex Archaeology in the UK. Later she worked for the Association for the Development for Maritime Archaeological Research (Adramar) in France on the Atlas2Seas project. She is very excited to now have the chance to work with the Bournemouth University team to research and excavate the Swash Channel wreck, one of the biggest excavation projects since the Mary Rose.
Nicolas is a 31 year old French Maritime Archaeologist. He has been working for the last 2.5 years for the Coastal and Marine section of Wessex Archaeology. He has been involved in maritime archaeology projects in Australia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Micronesia, France and UK. During the 2010 Swash Channel Wreck archaeological session he is employed as an archaeological diver.
Richard is a 21 year old graduate in Marine Archaeology from Bournemouth University. He is a volunteer working as an assistant to the Finds Specialist, admin assistant and as a archaeological research diver. Richard has worked on the Swash Channel Wreck project for the years of 2009 and 2010.
Andrea is a Maritime Archaeologist, who has been working with the Coastal and Marine section of Wessex Archaeology for the last two and a half years. Originally from Canada, she started her career in maritime archaeology as a volunteer with the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia, surveying wrecks on the west coast. She is presently working as an archaeological diver for the 2010 Swash Channel Wreck archaeological session.
Paris is a 23 year old undergraduate of Bournemouth University studying Maritime Archaeology of which he is in the second year of study. During this project he is a Finds Specialist. This role has many responsibilities including processing finds, recording dive details and managing the database. This is Paris's second season on the Swash wreck following his volunteering on the project during the 2009 season.
Danni is a Danish citizen and a Bournemouth University student. He has several years of experience diving and surveying the Swash Channel Wreck and other historic underwater sites in the area. Currently he is researching constructional details of the wreck in preparation for his MSc Maritime Archaeology dissertation.
James is a 21 year old Maritime Archaeologist who is a recent alumni of Marine Archaeology from Bournemouth University. During the project he is undertaking many roles, primarily he is acting as an archaeological research diver. Whilst undertaking this role he has worked on the creation of photo mosaics, excavations with water dredges and underwater archaeological drawing.
I've been working as a maritime archaeologist for 3 years since graduating from Bournemouth University. I have been diving since starting university and have been involved in work on many of the protected wreck sites around the UK. The Swash Channel site has played a major role in my training and subsequent career within maritime archaeology. This project represents the chance for a large increase in the current understanding of this period during maritime history and is a pleasure to be involved with.
Tom Cousins has been involved with archaeology and diving for the last ten years combining his two main hobbies at university to take his BSc in maritime archaeology at Bournemouth University from which he has recently graduated. Tom has been involved with various marine archaeological projects in America and the UK where he has been heavily involved with the Swash Channel Wreck Project for the past four years.
The crew would like to thank Skipper Frank Elston. This excavation would not be possible without the use of his boat, the RV Loyal Helper.