Travel on a journey of discovery through thousands of years from the dawn of mankind to recent history as we explore deep below the surface of the Black Sea. What lies on the sea-bed many thousands of feet below the surface? What mysteries can we answer? What history can we tell? What stories will be revealed through the use of marine geophysical techniques? Reaching into the depths of the seas and reading the seabed through geophysical investigations is any maritime archaeologists dream.
The seabed will be investigated remotely through the use of sonar and deep sea diving ROVs remotely operated vehicle potentially revealing intact shipwrecks and ancient settlements that tell us how human civilisation has evolved. Join us as we conduct one of the largest multi-disciplinary maritime archaeology projects ever attempted. Never before have the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea been investigated on this scale. Maritime archaeology and marine geophysics will work together recording, dating and understanding the submerged cultural heritage of Bulgaria, contributing to our knowledge of the prehistoric and historic environmental record of human activity in this region.
He trained at Durham and Stockholm Universities and his research interests centre on the processes of innovation and social change, particularly as evidenced through the technology of ship building.
He also has a long term interest in the ethics as well as the theory and methods of deep water archaeology. He became involved in maritime archaeology through the Mary Rose Project where, as a Deputy Director of Archaeology, he co-superintended the diving operations in the salvage and recovery phase.
He has played an instrumental role in countless pioneering Bulgarian Archaeology projects including being a member of the UNESCO team that examined in the protection, survey, display and management of the heritage of culture in FRY of Macedonia Former Yugoslav Republic of He is Editor-in-Chief and deputy Editor-in-Chief of scholar publications published at NAIM as well as being a member of the valuation commissions by the Ministry of regional development regarding heritage of culture within Bulgaria.
Hristina sadly passed away in July She worked as Head of the Centre for Underwater Archaeology CUA — a state cultural institute under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in Sozopol since and had held various positions since An expert in her field, she was responsible for the team conducting the underwater archaeological survey and excavation work on the Western Bulgarian Black Sea littoral and since had participated in all major underwater archaeological survey and excavation projects in Bulgaria Dr Kalin Dimitrov Show BiographyHide Biography Dr.
Kalin Dimitrov graduated in Archaeology at the St. Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia in In , under the supervision of Prof. His scientific interests include the earliest golden and copper metallurgy on the Balkans, prehistoric settlement patterns along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, coastal and sea-level change.
Kalin Dimtrov has participated in numerous archaeological projects in Bulgaria and abroad. He is currently working on the publication of the Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis, in cooperation with the Varna Archaeological Museum. He uses similar techniques to investigate a wide range of engineering problems associated with offshore infrastructure wind turbines; submarine cables and coastal structures. He gained his PhD in from Stockholm University, the basis for which was the underwater investigation and reinterpretation of the late Viking Age lake construction at Bulverket on Gotland in Sweden.
Since then he has taken part in and directed many maritime archaeological projects in the Baltic. Between and , with a team, he organized and co-directed the first complete archaeological excavation of a Black Sea shipwreck in the southern bay of Kitten, Bulgaria. Batchvarov has participated in a number of excavations including a 5th century BC Greek merchantman at Tektas Burnu, Turkey, a 6thcentury Phoenician shipwreck at Bajo de la Campana, Spain, and the 17thc.
Virginia Company ship Warwick,Bermuda. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University studying Mediterranean obsidian circulation and maritime travel in the Neolithic. This research led into a post-doctoral position at Cambridge University and a fellowship within the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. In she was awarded a Leverhulme fellowship to study the prehistoric submerged landscapes of the Solent and the dynamic relationship between people and their changing environment as sea-levels rose during the Holocene.
Helen currently holds an interdisciplinary lectureship within the newly formed Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute where she is currently based in Archaeology with an affiliation to Ocean and Earth Science. His interest in the sea led to his present post at MMT and his work in developing new tools for archaeology under water. Dr Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz Show BiographyHide Biography Dr Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz is a specialist in maritime archaeology, with interests in coastal societies and their interaction with the changing environment, and the development of new ways of exploring underwater archaeological sites.
His experience in this field has been wide and varied, participating in a number of commercial and research international projects in the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic, the English Channel and the Persian Gulf, as well as inland water sites in the British Isles and Mexico.
He is active in Marine Geoarchaeological research, particularly in the search, survey and mapping of submerged archaeological remains in shallow and deep waters and the reconstruction of submerged prehistoric landscapes M. Kiril Velkovsky is a geophysicist who in started his carrier as an assistant in the Laboratory of Archaeometry at the Institute of Thracology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has also over the years actively co-operated with the Center for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol.
Between — Kiril worked as a geophysicist for Halliburton in Germany. His main interests are the area of marine and terrain geophysics for archaeology, 3D modeling, palaeo-relief reconstructions and advanced geosciences technologies. His major project prior to Black Sea MAP was the Preliminary Archaeological Underwater Survey for the South Stream Pipeline Project, following archaeological underwater surveys related to construction activities in shallow water near the Bulgarian coastline.
Over the past eighteen years, Catherine has led local, regional, national and international programmes in science education through her roles as Director of Exhibitions, Education and Programmes for the award-winning science centre, At-Bristol and as Network Projects Director for the National Science Learning Centre. She is a qualified science teacher with a background in science communication. After completing a degree in biomedical sciences she worked in science centres and other informal learning environments, developing and delivering workshops and teacher resources.
She has experience of researching and communicating a range of science topics, leading outreach events, coordinating residential programs, recruiting external academic and professional experts and developing web content for educational websites. Ruth worked for over six years in schools in Bristol and Dorset and now advises schools, academics and science, technology, engineering and maths professionals across Dorset to increase engagement and participation in STEM subjects.
He is a qualified secondary science teacher, having previously worked in applied environmental research in both the private and public sectors. He has a PhD and Masters degree in aquatic ecology and is passionate about promoting science through entertaining and engaging delivery, not least the provision of practical hands on opportunities. Roger is currently working at Science Oxford, an education charity where he designs and delivers primary and secondary school workshops to meet national curriculum objectives.
She is currently working towards her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton, with a focus on how the public engages with maritime heritage. She is passionate about communicating the importance of maritime heritage internationally. Dave works for TVS, managing customer inventory forecasting and scheduling, with a twenty year background in the Aerospace and Marine sectors.
He has qualifications in rock climbing and mountain leadership and has lead climbing and mountaineering expeditions throughout the UK and Europe. Her main development work was based at the Nuffield Foundation, working closely with scientists, schools, publishers and awarding bodies. She is a qualified secondary science teacher, now working as a freelance STEM education consultant, with a background in teaching biology in secondary schools and FE colleges. She has a Masters degree in Education and is passionate about promoting science.
Liz worked for many years at Techniquest, a hands-on science centre in Wales and then as Director of See Science. Since Andy has concentrated on 3D feature and television documentaries, co-directing the 3 x 52 minute 3D series on Hurricanes for Arte with St Thomas Productions.