The Centre for Maritime Archaeology has established an inter-disciplinary research environment, interacting equally with the sciences and humanities. Coasts are complex, dynamic, open systems whose archaeology is influenced by a range of interacting variables. Current concerns over the influence of climate change and sea level rise are particularly pertinent at submerged and subaerial coastal archaeological sites. Within this context, the Centre’s research is focused on studies of evolving maritime and freshwater cultural landscapes - extending from riverine and lacustrine environments to the open ocean, with emphasis on coastal and nearshore archaeology. Research themes:
Coastal and Freshwater Cultural Landscapes: maritime archaeology of the East African coast; exploitation of coastal resources: and Freshwater archaeology and GIS resource inventory and survey capabilities.
Historical Archaeology: Gaelic lordships of Ireland and Scotland: and historic shipwrecks:
Marine Geoarchaeology: submerged archaeological landscapes; wreck-site formation processes; and geophysical signatures of submerged archaeological material.
Current Projects include: Salt-making in Ireland; Climate Change and Cultural Heritage in Northern Ireland; Excavations at Dunluce Castle; Research in East Africa; Archaeological Applications of the Joint Irish Bathymetric Survey data; Rathlin Island maritime landscape; Freshwater Archaeology; The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Coastal Settlement in Ulster; The North Coast Maritime Cultural Landscape Project; Submerged Landscapes Archaeology Network; and Late glacial sea-level minima