Deep-Sea Archaeology: Research Science Beneath the Waves with Caroline Wickham-Jones

Deep-Sea Archaeology: Research Science Beneath the Waves with Caroline Wickham-Jones


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During Earth's most recent Ice Age, our planet would have been unrecognizable to scientists today. The average sea level was lower, coastal shores stretched further, and the continents were all larger in land area. In some cases, landmasses were joined by dry land that has now disappeared beneath the waves.

Early humanity set up communities on these tracts of land which have now disappeared beneath the waves. The study of these submerged landscapes and their ancient remains is one of the final frontiers remaining for archaeologists to conquer. However, recent advances in underwater technology have made further deep-sea research safer (and humanely possible) shed light on these lost undersea worlds.

Led by an expert on submerged archaeology, and published author on the topic, this Conversation will consider the processes behind the rising (and falling) of relative sea level and present the main techniques available for investigation. Case studies will be used to interpret some of the remains that have survived inundation.

The varying scale and period of deep-sea sites concerned will be illustrated by a review of ongoing research projects around the globe. Submerged archaeological sites are particularly exciting because they often include the preservation of fragile materials – such as decorated timbers – that shed rare light on ancient lifestyles. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants in this conversation will come away with an increased idea of the shape of the world as it once was and an understanding of the reasons why scientists across the globe are dedicating their lives to deep-sea research.

Caroline Wickham-Jones is an archaeologist and writer. She has worked as a lecturer in Scotland and a guest lecturer around the world. Her expertise focuses on the hunter-gatherer communities after the last Ice Age, landscape change, and the exploration of archaeology under the ocean. Archaeology has taken her around the world, from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego - she loves traveling and the experience of being in another culture.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Jane Young (Evanston, US)

Deep-Sea Archaeology with Caroline Wickham-Jones was a great seminar, with an enthusiastic and engaging presenter and a very interesting subject.

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Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Fascinating

Discover our ancient landscapes and the world of our ancestors!

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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
Great if archeology interests you....

We have been on a number of archeological digs and tours, and this reminded me of those. It was fun and informative and a break from all the traditional travel conversations we have been doing with context.

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Jane Young (Evanston, US)

Deep-Sea Archaeology with Caroline Wickham-Jones was a great seminar, with an enthusiastic and engaging presenter and a very interesting subject.

P
Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Fascinating

Discover our ancient landscapes and the world of our ancestors!

C
Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
Great if archeology interests you....

We have been on a number of archeological digs and tours, and this reminded me of those. It was fun and informative and a break from all the traditional travel conversations we have been doing with context.