The UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology was established in September 2012. The Network complements the work of the UNESCO Secretariat of the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, and enhances the protection of and research into, underwater cultural heritage, by connecting in a formal way universities and professional training institutions working in the field of underwater archaeology. Since 2012 the Network has grown from four member universities to now encompass 11 full members, 16 associate members and six recognised partners.
The Honor Frost Foundation has been fundamental in supporting the growth of this important Network since its first meeting in Kemer, Turkey in May 2013. It has and continues to, provide support for mobility for members to meet on an annual basis and to develop Network initiatives such as workshops and training events, many of which are outlined below.
Archeo-Paleomagnetic Dating of Transport Amphoras from Submerged Contexts – Dr. Peter Campbell, Dr. George Koutsouflakis, and Dr. Chuang Xuan – 2017
Over two seasons, the Fourni Underwater Survey has located 45 shipwrecks. While many more shipwrecks are expected to be found over the final two years of the survey, these shipwreck already represent a substantial dataset offering insight into eastern Mediterranean trade from the Archaic through the Medieval Period. The project directors are committed to conducting […]
Writing Honor Pilot Project: The Levant and the history of archaeological ideas about seascapes – Dr Jesse Ransley & Crystal El Safadi – 2017
Frost’s work in the Levant raised questions about sea level change and its impact on coastal landscapes more than 50 years ago – questions which remain central to maritime archaeological research in the region, but also to research into submerged sites and maritime geoarchaeology across the world. At the same time, maritime archaeological ideas about […]
In situ conservation of cannons in marine environment: cathodic protection, cleaning treatment and coverage with geotextiles – Flavia Puoti – 2017
Over the years, the preservation of underwater archaeological sites in situ has assumed increasing importance. However, by preserving in situ, there is the threat that the richness of underwater cultural resources becomes less visible to the general public. This project aims to study a comprehensive conservation plan for archaeological iron in seawater and using cathodic […]
DNA from the wine-dark sea: examining the efficacy of extracting ancient DNA from the ceramic matrix of pottery vessels from Mediterranean underwater contexts – Miss Elizabeth Briggs – 2017
There is tremendous potential for DNA studies to resolve long-standing questions in both terrestrial and underwater archaeology. For maritime studies of the ancient Mediterranean to progress we must find a way to accurately characterise the contents of amphorae recovered from shipwreck sites, as this would provide invaluable insight into cargo compositions and trade dynamics. Is […]
Resolution and Reason: evaluating underwater 3D data capture for archaeology- Dr Fraser Sturt – 2016
Increasing use of three and four (time) dimensional datasets have revolutionised maritime archaeology. Over the last decade we have seen rapid technological developments with regard to systems for both gathering and processing data from underwater. Together these advancements are allowing us to answer longstanding questions with regard to site identification, formation and preservation. On one […]
Votive anchors, sacred stones and navigation: ancient aniconic cults between Archaeology and religious anthropology – Dr Valeria Tito – 2016
Anchors were important nautical instruments, but they also had symbolic and magic-religious meanings. Some sacred contexts of the Mediterranean were characterized by the presence of votive anchors. In the late 1960s, Ms Frost had studied primitive anchors founds in marine sanctuaries or temple structures located in the Middle East, such as Byblos, Kition, Ugarit, where […]
World Anchors 2015-16 Reconstruction and Experimentation Project (WAREP) – Dr Greg Votruba and Osman Erkurt – 2015
The World Anchors Reconstruction and Experimentation Project (WAREP) is a project in which anchors of all types and forms throughout history, and throughout the world, are reconstructed at full-scale and experimented with in the sea. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Gregory Votruba (University of Oxford) and Osman Erkurt (360° Research Group), and accomplished […]
Computer Vision Photogrammetry (CVP) for Maritime Archaeology Research and Public Outreach – Massimiliano Secci – 2015
The last 5-10 years have witnessed an increasing implementation of photogrammetric techniques in maritime archaeology due to a reduction of expected costs, thanks to the development in computer hardwares and softwares. The aim of the project is to test the potential of relatively new recording techniques for shallow water archeological sites. Computer Vision Photogrammetry (acquiring […]
The Underwater Cultural Heritage of the city of Nora (Sardinia). Phoenician and Punic finds from the explorations of Michel Cassien – Dr Emanuele Madrigali – 2015
Six extensive campaigns of underwater exploration and recovery were directed by Michel Cassien and his team (Touring Club de France) between 1978 and 1984 in the waters around the Nora peninsula (Sardinia). The Project aims to analyse the large amount of Phoenician and Punic pottery from Cassien’s underwater recoveries off the coast of Nora, the […]
This project entails the close examination of a recently-restored fresco from Nymphaion in the eastern Crimea, in which a trireme is prominent. The fresco also bears an extraordinary array of graffiti and rough sketches on nautical themes, including numerous ships under sail, at least one of the Dioscuri and more. There are also fragments which […]
Archaeological Theory in Maritime Archaeology Regional Research – Dr. Jorge Manuel Herrera – 2014-15
The objective of this project is to complete the process of writing a book regarding the relationships between maritime archaeology and archaeological theory. The book’s main goals are to chart and analyze the processes and momentum which characterise the past and present of theoretical thinking within maritime archaeology.
Historical Evidence of Venetian Shipwrecks around Cyprus and the Levantine Coast, 1474-1550 – Renard Gluzman 2015 -16
The principal objective of this project is to make possible the detection and identification of Venetian shipwrecks, by matching archaeological finds with evidence of shipwrecks found in historical records, as well as to provide new evidence of shipwrecks unknown to underwater archeologists.
Gyptis is the sailing replica of an archaic Greek boat of the 6th century BC which was built and launched in 2013, on the occasion of “Marseille-Provence, European capital of culture 2013”.
A comparative Tool Mark and Fastener Database for Maritime Archaeology – Interim Report – Thomas Dhoop with McCarthy & Cooper – 2017
Introduction On 6th January 2016, Thomas Dhoop, Michael McCarthy and Catriona Cooper were awarded a grant by the Honor Frost Foundation towards the creation of a comparative tool mark and fastener database for maritime archaeology. This interim report describes the progress made on the deliverables. Fasteners Database The funds reserved for the creation of the […]
The Project will try to analyse how the domestic legislation of EU coastal States may merge into a common legal pattern along European coasts, territorial seas and maritime spaces up to 200 nautical miles, addressing technical legal detail as well as the social and conceptual significance given to the underwater cultural heritage. The Project will […]
The Analysis of Modern Documentation Methods: A Case Study of a Shipwreck off Veruda Island – Roman Scholz M.Sc. – Report 2016
ROMAN SCHOLZ, LUKA BEKIĆ, MLADEN PEŠIĆ, MARCO BLOCK-BERLITZ Summary The island of Veruda, also known as “Monks’ Island”, is a favourite holiday destination for the citizens of the city of Pula, Croatia. Archaeologists from the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar (ICUA) surveyed the Veruda area in the autumn of 2013. They discovered a […]
The 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: Implementation and Enforcement in the Adriatic – Robert Mackintosh – 2016
It has now been seven years since the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage came in to force. Exceptionally among UNESCO’s cultural Conventions, the 2001 Convention contains no formal systems for implementation review (SIRs), mechanisms by which its implementation can be monitored and analysed. Little is therefore known of the […]
Seafaring in Eastern Mediterranean during the Early Middle Ages (VI – XII century) – Transition from Christianity to Islam and how it affected maritime activities – Darko Kovačević – 2016
Maritime activities and the maritime cultural landscape in the Eastern Mediterranean underwent dramatic changes through the Early Middle Ages. The aim of this research is to investigate how these changes affected maritime activities in the Eastern Mediterranean during the first centuries after the Arabian conquest. The main focus of the project is to reveal how […]
Up from the Sea: mariner networks in ports across the Late Bronze Age east Mediterranean – Linda Hulin and S. German – 2016
The objectives of this research are set out below, along with details of the research undertaken and preliminary results. In order to undertake this research, collections from a number of archaeological sites needed to be examined whether in museums or storehouses. The first section of this report therefore outlines the method of research before examining […]
The Ancient Maritime Dynamics (AMD) program is a suite of investigations that are refining the use and application of maritime archaeological data to reconstruct the life of the Mediterranean maritime community in antiquity. Whereas other components of AMD are comparing our archaeological narrative of maritime life to terrestrial corpora or the historical trajectories of Aegean […]
Passive Conservation in Archaeological Practice: the design, trial and results of an experiment with marine waterlogged wood from the Mary Rose The Ph.D. thesis resulting in this report proposed a radical alternative method for conserving waterlogged wood in a submerged environment, – with minimal impact upon the material – while proposing that this method of […]