Underwater Archaeology Research Centre
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Our research

Underwater archaeological work at Nottingham has a focus on submerged settlements including the excavation of lake dwellings in Scotland as well as major projects investigating the ancient sunken city of Pavlopetri in Greece and surveying the 17th century pirate town of Port Royal in Jamaica.



Current projects

Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project, Greece - A collaborative project between UARC, The University of Nottingham, the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, and the Hellenic Centre for Maritime Research. 

High Resolution Survey of Port Royal, Jamaica - A collaborative project between Jon Henderson (UARC, The University of Nottingham), Dorrick Gray (the Jamaica National Heritage Trust), Matthew Johnson-Roberson, and Oscar Pizarro

Egadi: Digitally Recording an Ancient Submerged Naval Battlefield Project, Italy - A collaborative project between Jon Henderson (UARC, The University of Nottingham), Sebastiano Tusa (Soprintendenza del Mare), Jeff Royal (RPM Nautical Foundation), Peter Campbell (University of Southampton) 

Presence in the Past, Egypt - A collaborative project between Jon Henderson (UARC, The University of Nottingham), Ain Shams (Ain Shams University), and Alexandria University

Maritime cultural heritage and Ningbo Port, China - This aims to raise public awareness of the work of maritime archaeologists in China, whilst bringing together international research expertise and developing long term cooperation between the Chinese offshore industry, marine agencies and archaeology centres.

Field-testing cutting edge sonar technology to deliver commercial benefits to an offshore engineering company - This collaboration between Henderson and Nautilus Marine Group International (NMGI), a North American offshore engineering company.

Past projects

Further details of UARC's projects can be viewed on each project page. Since the centre established in 2004 research projects have included:


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