Research Grants Awarded

The Foundation supports research, education and outreach initiatives primarily within the eastern Mediterranean, particularly Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. Awards are largely but not exclusively, supported through the Small Grant Awards funding scheme. Use either the links below or click the region on the interactive map to view the awards.

Find out about projects supported by the Foundation in our core countries:

The Foundation has also supported projects in the following countries:

Developing the Discipline Awards are ordinarily supported through the Small Grant Awards scheme, but in exceptional circumstances funds are awarded outside this scheme. Developing the Discipline Awards are not necessarily regionally specific but encourage the development of maritime archaeology and/ or the protection of underwater cultural heritage more broadly. They largely focus on the development of new technologies and methodologies that support maritime archaeological practise, as well as projects that develop aspects of Honor Frost’s research interests but with wider geographical reach. They also consider Capacity Building activities that are conducted outside the region, as well as activities that provide opportunities for scholars to meet and discuss the growth of maritime archaeology regionally and globally. 

Current and Recent Projects:

Up from the Sea: mariner networks in ports across the Late Bronze Age east Mediterranean

Up from the Sea: mariner networks in ports across the Late Bronze Age east Mediterranean – 2016 L. Hulin and S. German ActivitiesThe Honor Frost Foundation provided funding for two activities: a scoping visit to Cyprus and fieldwork in Crete and Cyprus. We met Despo Pilides, Chief curator of museums in Cyprus, on 20th May …

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The construction and use-life of ancient war-galleys

The construction and use-life of ancient war-galleys: Wood Analysis of the Warships from the Battle of the Egadi Islands (241 BCE) – ongoing Dr. Ross Thomas and Dr. Peter Campbell This study aims to identify the wood used to construct some of the warships that were sunk at the battle of Egadi and radiocarbon (14C) …

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Resolution and Reason: evaluating underwater 3D data capture for archaeology

Resolution and Reason: evaluating underwater 3D data capture for archaeology – ongoing Fraser Sturt 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 …

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A comparative Tool Mark and Fastener Database for Maritime Archaeology

A comparative Tool Mark and Fastener Database for Maritime Archaeology – 2017 Thomas Dhoop, Michael McCarthy and Catriona Cooper IntroductionOn 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 …

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Archeo-Paleomagnetic Dating

Archeo-Paleomagnetic Dating of Transport Amphoras from Submerged Contexts – ongoing Dr. Peter Campbell, Dr. George Koutsouflakis, and Dr. Chuang Xuan 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 …

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Ancient Maritime Dynamics

Ancient Maritime Dynamics – 2017 Dr Matthew Harpster 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 …

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Maritime Archaeology Outreach Project (MAOP)

Maritime Archaeology Outreach Project (MAOP) – ongoing Nada Nofal Egypt has a significant, and quite unique underwater cultural heritage, however, there is an evident lack of public knowledge and awareness of maritime archaeology in Egypt. Hence, there is a strong need to carry out an outreach project aiming to educate people about maritime and underwater …

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3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology Publication – 2019

3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology – 2019 Jonathan Benjamin The volume, 3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology was successfully completed and published as part of Springer Nature’s Coastal Research Library, launched in April 2019. It contains 14 peer-reviewed chapters by some of the leading experts on the application of spatial technologies for …

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Application of enhanced satellite remote sensing techniques to broad-scale maritime cultural heritage research and management in the Eastern Mediterranean – 2018

Application of enhanced satellite remote sensing techniques to broad-scale maritime cultural heritage research and management in the eastern Mediterranean – 2018 Kieran Westley (School of Geography & Environmental Sciences, Ulster University) Introduction Aerial and satellite remote sensing play a key role in archaeological research and heritage management by enabling rapid cost-effective site prospection, landscape characterization, …

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DNA from the Wine-Dark Sea – 2017

DNA from the Wine-Dark Sea – 2017 Lisa Briggs ‘DNA from the Wine-Dark Sea’ sought to assess whether DNA analysis can be effectively used to identify past vessel contents in amphorae and other ceramic vessels recovered from ancient shipwrecks. Prior studies (Hansson and Foley 2008; Foley et al 2012) had claimed that by both destructive …

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Previous Projects:

Archaeological Theory in Maritime Archaeology Regional Research – Dr. Jorge Manuel Herrera – 2014-15
 
Bay of Kiladha – Dr. Julien Beck – Report 2016
 
Between Egypt and Crimea: the Isis trireme and its fresco – David Braund – 2014
 
Computer Vision Photogrammetry (CVP) for Maritime Archaeology Research and Public Outreach – Massimiliano Secci – 2015
 
Gyptis sailing trials campaign – Dr Patrice Pomey – 2015-16
 
Hellenistic Harbour at Ptolemais – Cyrenaica, Eastern Libya – Robert Yorke – 2014
 

Historical Evidence of Venetian Shipwrecks in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1453-1571 – Renard Gluzman

Protecting underwater cultural heritage in EU waters, a legal approach – Mariano Aznar- (2016-2017)

Salamis Harbour Project – Lolos – Report for 2016

The Analysis of Modern Documentation Methods: A Case Study of a Shipwreck off Veruda Island – Roman Scholz M.Sc. – 2016

The conservation of wooden artefacts in a maritime context – Jennifer Chow – 2013
 
The Underwater Cultural Heritage of the city of Nora (Sardinia). Phoenician and Punic finds from the explorations of Michel Cassien – Dr Emanuele Madrigali – 2015

World Anchors 2015-16 Reconstruction and Experimentation Project (WAREP) – Dr Greg Votruba and Osman Erkurt – 2015
 

A Prehistoric Entrance into Southern Crete, and the Conservation Program at Kommos Harbour – Professor Joe Shaw – 2016

Ancient Trade in the Fourni Archipelago, Dodecanese Islands – Dr Jeffery Royal & Peter Campbell – 2016

The Hellenistic transport amphoras from the excavation at the harbour of Phalasarna – Dr Pasquale Valle – 2015

Exploring the submerged caves and prehistoric landscapes of the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago – Dr Nena Galanidou – 2014

Votive anchors, sacred stones and navigation: ancient aniconic cults between Archaeology and religious anthropology – Dr Valeria Tito – 2016
 
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
 
The 2001 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: Implementation and Enforcement in the Adriatic – Robert Mackintosh – 2016