Dr Jonathan Benjamin
Seafaring, sea-level change, human-environment interaction, ships and boats, inundated landscapes, resilience, underwater archaeology, coastal archaeology
This research theme focuses on human-environment interactions with special reference to shorelines and aquatic bodies. Adaptations to life on the coast, maritime trade, seafaring, naval construction, shipboard life and vernacular vessels are considered. Also in focus are the various aspects of past coastal life, including marine resource exploitation, shoreline harvesting and cultivation, fishing and shell fishing and other practices that support coastal and maritime economies. Central to coastal and underwater archaeology, this theme includes sites that were submerged due to past climate and sea-level changes which inundated migration routes, coastal occupations and activity centres worldwide; these submerged landscapes provide evidence of human responses to rising seas, displacement strategies and resilience by past societies. From the submerged Pleistocene to the Age of Sail, this research theme focuses on the interaction between past societies and the world ocean system, inland lakes and the rivers that connect them all as cultural places.