December 11, 2013, by Lindsay Brooke

Underwater archaeology comes of age.

Using some of the very latest technology Dr Jon Henderson is digitally recording the world’s oldest known naval battlefield off Sicily and has surveyed the oldest submerged town in the world off the coast of Greece.

Tomorrow he will give the prestigious Honor Frost Foundation Annual Lecture at the British Academy on ‘Coming of Age: Underwater Archaeology in the 21st Century’.

Dr Henderson, from the Department of Archaeology at The University of Nottingham  says: ‘Over the next century the majority of the biggest and most important archaeological discoveries will come from the sea. The future of archaeology is underwater’.

This lecture will be a personal account of the development and perception of underwater archaeology over the past two decades. He will draw on his 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 and 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 will consider where underwater archaeology is now and what exciting directions it might follow in the coming decades.

Dr Henderson is a recipient of an Honor Frost Foundation Research grant for his project ‘ Digitally Recording a Submerged Naval Battlefield from the First Punic War’. For details on his project go to

The event is open to the public and places will be given on a first come first served basis.

‘Coming of Age: Underwater Archaeology in the 21st Century’ by Dr Jon Henderson

12 December 2013 at 6pm at the British Academy

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