In celebration of 100 years since Honor Frost’s birth The Times of Malta publish an appreciation of her life.
The Honor Frost Foundation is pleased to announce an important oral history initiative on the history of maritime archaeology, viewed through the seminal contributions made by Honor Frost to the discipline. The Foundation has begun collecting testimonies, recollections and experiences from her friends and colleagues, across the years and across the continents. This repository of first-hand knowledge will contribute to the increased understanding of how the discipline of archaeology, conducted under water and along coasts, evolved during pioneering years since the advent of SCUBA gave extended access to these regions.
The Foundation will be reaching out to individuals over the next few months, with an initial focus on interviewing members of the first and second generations of maritime archaeologists who knew and worked with Honor Frost. By sounding these depths of memory and experience, we will be preserving vital history and creating a resource for the future.
The video and audio recordings and related transcripts will be housed within the Honor Frost Archive Collection.
In a related project, the Foundation will be hosting a Memory Booth at the upcoming Frost Centenary Conference in Nicosia in October 2017. It will be open to all conference participants to share their personal memories, inspirations and insights into their own journeys within maritime archaeology.
Dr Lucy Blue, Maritime Archaeological Director, HFF
Dr Claire Calcagno, Soundings Project Manager
As the field of maritime archaeology continues to mature into a respected sub-discipline, advances and developments are occurring at a rapid pace. The Maritime Archaeology Graduate Symposium (MAGS) encourages the next generation of leaders in the field to gather in Oxford to share their research, engage with like-minded scholars, and foster interdisciplinary cooperation. From masters’ students to post-doctoral academics, we invite all early career researchers of maritime archaeology and related sub-disciplines to attend, either as audience members or presenters of papers.
The first day of the symposium (supported by The Honor Frost Foundation), is inspired by the Foundation’s mission and will feature talks on maritime archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, the region in which Honor Frost, a pioneer in the field, primarily worked. The second day will consist of talks on maritime archaeology from around the world.
This two-day symposium will take place in the centre of historic Oxford, at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Spaces are limited, but attendance is free and a light lunch and coffee and tea breaks are included for participants. In the evenings, there will be ample opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas and explore the medieval centre of Oxford.
Date: 3 – 4 February 2018
Location: University of Oxford, Ioannou Centre
University of Oxford, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
University of Southampton, Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Send your title and abstract by 1 October to: MAGSymposium2018@gmail.com
Please specify which day you wish to present:
Day 1: Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology
Day 2: World Maritime Archaeology
The conference is sponsored by:
The Honor Frost Foundation
Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
A team of archaeologists supported by technical divers under the direction of Dr. Timmy Gambin from the University of Malta, has just concluded two weeks of underwater research on a Phoenician Shipwreck off the island of Gozo, Malta. Supported by a grant from the Honor Frost Foundation, the research uses a combination of traditional excavation techniques and state of the art digital technologies for the recording of the site. At 110m below the surface this project offers both challenges, mainly in time constraints; as well as opportunities, given the pristine condition of this unique Phoenician site. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in such a groundbreaking expedition and looks forward to receiving and sharing results of the 2017 season.
In an attempt to build local capacity in Lebanon, the Honor Frost Foundation funded the first Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) field school in underwater archaeology that took place in the country from the 7th to the 10th of September 2017.
The field school was also supported and hosted by the Department of Archaeology and Museology (DAM) at the University of Balamand, whose staff assisted the NAS instructors with logistics, translation, student guidance and diving operations. DAM kindly put the site of Anfeh, North Lebanon at the disposal of the tutors and students for their practical training in recording and surveying.
Ten students participated, mainly students of archaeology as well as archaeologists and diving amateurs of archaeology who came from all regions of Lebanon and attended lectures along with dry and wet practicals. It is hoped that this successful event will be the first of many to come. Watch this space!
Read the full Report of the 2017 Summer School.