DIVE & DIG Podcast Series

Series One – A 5-Part series told by award-winning historian and author, Professor Bettany Hughes and our Maritime Archaeological Director, Dr Lucy Blue

Technological change over the last few decades has dynamically altered the way we are able to detect, access and document the remains of our past that lie beneath the waves. The DIVE & DIG podcast will take you on an underwater adventure of discovery, richer and deeper than you might have imagined possible. Join Bettany Hughes and Lucy Blue to explore the exciting worlds underwater archaeologists inhabit and the range of tools they use to investigate the watery past. They invite you into the hidden world of our shared, ancient past, thanks to maritime archaeologists, forensic scientists and groundbreaking technologies.

DIVE & DIG explores these transformational tools used to discover, record and excavate shipwrecks and explore ancient ports – from the pioneering work of Honor Frost and her discoveries of ancient harbours, stone anchors and Punic warships – to deeper waters. Today, archaeologists are exploring even deeper. Lying at 110m beneath the sea off the island of Gozo, Malta, we join Dr Gambin and his team excavating a Phoenician shipwreck. And, as Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic tells us; we can now reach depths formerly only dreamed of, as he pushes science to encourage technological advances.

Dive & Dig In Depth – A 6-Part series presented by our Maritime Archaeological Director, Dr Lucy Blue

In Series One we interviewed over 20 specialists in maritime archaeology, ocean exploration, conservation and scientific analysis. We decided to release some of these full interviews as part of an In Depth Series. The first 3 In-Depth podcasts focus on the world’s oceans, equally valuing the cultural and the natural heritage as a means of tackling climate change and building a sustainable future. In the second three we speak to experts on how they have used transformational tools to discover, record and interpret our maritime past.

Dive & Dig News – keeping you up to date with the world of maritime archaeology.

In 2022 we launched our News Series, presented by Dr Lucy Blue, keeping you up to date with the latest projects, discoveries and updates from the world of maritime archaeology. So far we have heard about the astonishing discovery of a child’s tooth on a Phoenician Shipwreck, we have heard about the amazing work of the Beirut Port Project, the latest technology being used to examine coins from a royal shipwreck, and celebrated international women’s day by talking to some truly inspirational female maritime archaeologist’s. 

Podcast Development Team

Lucy Blue

Dr Lucy Blue co-presents the podcast, an experienced maritime archaeologist she is also the Maritime Archaeological Director of the HFF and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton.

Cathy Giangrande

Cathy Giangrande is an archaeological conservator and special advisor for culture working in the heritage sector. Cathy was an executive producer on the podcast series.

Bettany Hughes

Professor Bettany Hughes presents the podcast, Bettany is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past.

Mark Rickards

Mark Rickards is the podcast producer, Mark is an experienced Radio and Podcast producer who has worked on numerous series for the BBC.

Lauren Tidbury

Lauren Tidbury is an experienced maritime archaeologist and works for the Foundation. Lauren was also an executive producer on the podcast series.

Honor Frost voice over was provided by Justine Midda. Justine studied English and Drama at Bristol University before going on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

This podcast series was produced by Whistledown. Whistledown was founded over twenty years ago and is one of the UK’s leading independent audio production companies.

Dive & Dig Series One - Podcast Blog

Podcast Blog

Dive & Dig Blog – Episode One

Undiscovered Underwater Worlds Dive & Dig Blog by Lauren Tidbury We are really excited to be launching the first episode of our Dive & Dig podcast, ‘Undiscovered Underwater Worlds’! Almost

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More information about the places and people we talk to will be added soon, in the meantime here is a list of the experts we talk to through the series….

Timmy Gambin
Philippe Cousteau
Bob Yorke
Jon Adams
Jane Maddocks
Martin Klein
Bob Ballard
Stella Demesticha
David Abulafia
Claude Doumet-Serhal
Nic Flemming
Jon Henderson
Cathy Giangrande
Lauren Tidbury
Grant Cox
Cynthianne Spiteri
Roland Wessling
Philip Beale
Helen Farr
Crystal el Safadi
Jon Henderson
Elgidius Ichumbaki
Claudia Lubao
Nada Nofal

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