DIVE & DIG Podcast Series
The Dive & Dig Podcast, focussing on maritime archaeology, began in 2020 and so far we have two five-part series presented by Bettany Hughes and Lucy Blue. We also have an an ‘in-depth series’, a news series and a special conference series. Click below to listen or search Dive & Dig on all major podcast platforms. Further down there is also more information on each series, as well as blog posts for the episodes for those wishing to find out more! Don’t forget to let us know what you think! Leave comments and feedback, or visit the Dive & Dig social media pages.
Series Two – Exploring the Ancient Underwater World
The latest five-part series explores maritime archaeology of the ancient world, from the Stone Age to the Roman period. Presented by historian, Professor Bettany Hughes, and maritime archaeologist, Dr Lucy Blue who journey across the Mediterranean and the Red Sea to explore one of the world’s largest archaeological digs, the most ancient underwater settlement in the Aegean, the world’s oldest artificial harbour and ancient shipwrecks lost beneath the waves.
Each episode focuses on a key site, from submerged prehistoric settlements to ancient shipwrecks, telling the stories of how people interacted with the sea, and what the archaeological remains can reveal about our past. This series was produced by the Foundation in collaboration with Sandstone Global, the first episode is being launched on the 15th October 2022 – World Archaeology Day, the following episodes will be released weekly.
Series One – Dive & Dig, a five part series
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. This first series will take you on an underwater adventure of discovery, richer and deeper than you might have imagined possible. Join Bettany and Lucy 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 News – keeping you up to date with the world of maritime archaeology
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 Conference Series – IKUWA 2022
This three part mini series brings you highlights from the International Congress for Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA), held in Helsinki in June 2022. Cathy Giangrande and Lauren Tidbury spoke to some fascinating researchers about their work, from Shipwrecks to prehistoric lake settlements, and from battles against treasure hunters to the opening of dive parks, we gained insights into some of the fascinating research being undertaken around the globe to better understand our maritime past.
Dive & Dig - Podcast Blog
Dive & Dig II – The Ancient World – Episode Five
D&D II – 8,000 Years Under the Sea – Agios Petros, Greece Listen Here This week we head back 8000 years to the Neolithic in the Aegean Sea, where we
Dive & Dig II – The Ancient World – Episode Four
D&D II – Istanbul’s Harbour of Life – Yenikapi, Turkey Listen here In this episode, we visit the world’s largest archaeological dig, with the largest collection of Byzantine shipwrecks. This
Dive & Dig II – The Ancient World – Episode Two
D&D II -Takeaway Choices of the Ancient Greeks – Shipwrecks (Mazotos and Kyrenia) Listen here In this episode, we explore two 4th Century BC shipwrecks off the coast of Cyprus.
Dive & Dig II – The Ancient World – Episode One
D&D II -Builders of the Pyramids – Wadi El Jarf, Egypt Listen here In this episode we head to ancient Egypt and the time of the 4th Dynasty. This is
Dive & Dig Blog – Series I Episode Five
The Climate Change Threat To Our Maritime Heritage Dive & Dig Blog by Lauren Tidbury Listening to episode five, I think this is my favourite! Our aim was to try to
Dive & Dig Blog – Series I Episode Four
Cannabis And The Colour Purple Dive & Dig Blog by Lauren Tidbury In episode four of Dive & Dig we wanted to explore what happens to a ship when it sinks and what
Dive & Dig Blog – Series I Episode Three
The Phoenicians: “The Amazon Prime Of The Ancient Mediterranean” Dive & Dig Blog by Lauren Tidbury For episode three of Dive & Dig we wanted to show that maritime archaeology
Dive & Dig Blog – Series I Episode Two
All About the Bottom Time Dive & Dig Blog by Lauren Tidbury Episode Two of Dive & Dig – “All About the Bottom Time” – was equally fun and fascinating
Dive & Dig Blog – Series I 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
Podcast Development Team
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 is an archaeological conservator and special advisor for culture working in the heritage sector. Cathy was an executive producer on the podcast series.
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 is the podcast producer, Mark is an experienced Radio and Podcast producer who has worked on numerous series for the BBC.
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.
The first series was produced by Whistledown. Whistledown was founded over twenty years ago and is one of the UK’s leading independent audio production companies.
The second series was produced in collabooration with Sandstone Global, an award-winning production company with a diverse, internationalist team producing film and audio content for a wide range of outlets.