Underwater Archaeology Research Centre
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The Underwater Archaeology Research Centre (UARC) serves as a focus for underwater archaeological teaching and research at the University. The centre is focused on developing innovative techniques in the survey of underwater cultural heritage sites.

UNESCO Unitwin

The University of Nottingham is a member of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network of Underwater Archaeology.

Key aims and expertise

The Underwater Archaeology Research Centre (UARC) was established at The University of Nottingham in 2004.

The Centre has a particular expertise in rapid underwater survey, using cutting-edge optical and acoustic techniques, to create accurate 3D visualisations of submerged sites.

The research team have experience of producing large scale photo realistic 3D models of maritime sites covering up to eight hectares in size having worked on the Pavlopetri Project in Greece, surveying the oldest submerged town in the world. Current work includes mapping the sunken 17th century town of Port Royal in Jamaica.

Academic research is focused on the study of submerged settlements including sunken cities and lake dwellings

UARC is currently involved in a range of projects, both freshwater and maritime, and offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Underwater Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology.


Current projects

Egadi Islands Survey  project video 

Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology, Greece

High Resolution Survey of Port Royal, Jamaica

Presence in the Past, Egypt



Research team

UARC Director
Dr Jon Henderson

Department of Archaeology staff

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Underwater Archaeology Research Centre

The University of Nottingham
School of Humanities
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4842