Coming of Age: Underwater Archaeology in the 21st Century by Dr Jon Henderson
Given on 12 December 2013 at the British Academy. Introduced by Dr Venetia Porter, Trustee of the Honor Frost Foundation.
This lecture is a personal account of the development and perception of underwater archaeology over the past two decades drawing on research on lake dwellings in the dark, peaty lochs of Scotland through surveying the oldest submerged town in the world off the coast of Greece, to hunting for bronze battle rams at the first ancient naval battle site to be discovered in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily. Most importantly, using the Mediterranean as a case study, the lecture considers where underwater archaeology is now and what exciting directions it might follow in the coming decades.