Position

Senior Lecturer
Archaeology

Biography

Dr Jonathan Benjamin is a specialist in early prehistory, underwater archaeology and the archaeology of submerged prehistoric landscapes. Dr Benjamin's research interests include the inundation of terrestrial sites and resulting impacts on hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies, Pleistocene-Holocene transitions, early human and cultural migrations and applied methodology in maritime and underwater archaeology. Jonathan has undertaken various aspects of terrestrial, aerial and underwater archaeological research across a wide temporal spectrum from prehistoric to classical and historical periods in Britain, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Denmark, the USA and Australia. He is an expert in diver-based photographic and photogrammetric recording of underwater archaeological sites. As a member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action 'SPLASHCOS' (2009 - 2013) Jonathan was an Early Stage Researcher and was lead editor of Submerged Prehistory (2011). Before joining Flinders Jonathan was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh (History, Classics and Archaeology) and worked for Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine, based in Scotland. Jonathan joined Flinders University in January of 2014 and is currently Co-Chair of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology (2015 - 2018). He is currently the Lead CI for the Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture (ARC DP1700100812)

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Archaeology, University of Edinburgh (2007)
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles (2000)

Honours, awards and grants

Deep History of Sea Country: Climate Sea Level and Culture (ARC Discovery Project DP170100812), Lead CI

European Union / Europa Nostra Prize for Heritage (2017): Category Education, Training, Awareness Raising: Project SAMPHIRE, Funded by the Crown Estate (UK), Marine Stewardship Fund (2013-2015), Lead CI

Submerged Prehistory (Oxbow Books 2011): 'Highly Commended' Keith Muckelroy Award, Best published work in Maritime Archaeology

Key responsibilities

Research Higher Degree Coordinator (Archaeology 2016 - 2019)

Topic Coordinator:

  • ARCH8151  History, Theory and Issues in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology
  • ARCH8152  Maritime Archaeological Field School
  • ARCH8153  The Archaeology of Submerged Landscapes
  • ARCH8156  Advanced Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum
  • ARCH8157  Methods in Underwater Archaeology

Research expertise

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

Research interests

Archaeology; Prehistoric Archaeology; Submerged Landscapes; Coastal and Maritime Archaeology; Land Bridges and Migration Routes in Prehistory; Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition; The Neolithisation of Europe

Supervisory interests

  • Archaeology
  • Maritime archaeology
  • Prehistoric archaeology
  • Underwater cultural heritage

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Submerged Landscape Archaeology (2) ;

Associate supervisor : Coastal Archaeology, Marine Resource Exploitation (1) ; Maritime Archaeology (3) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Katarina Jerbić
    HFFDR Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Underwater Archaeology - March 2016

Publications

  • Uldum, O., Benjamin, J., McCarthy, J.K., Lübke, H. and Fuelner, F. (2017). The Late Mesolithic Site of Falden, Denmark: Results from Underwater Archaeological Fieldwork and a Strategy for Capacity-Building Based on the SPLASHCOS Mission. In Geoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou, ed. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Contintental Shelf. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 65-84.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_5]
  • Galili, E., Benjamin, J., Hershkovitz, I., Weinstein-Evron, M., Zohar, I., Eshed, V., et al. (2017). Atlit-Yam: A Unique 9000 Year Old Prehistoric Village Submerged off the Carmel Coast, Israel – The SPLASHCOS Field School (2011) In Geoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou, ed. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Contintental Shelf. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 85-102.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_6]
  • Bicket, A., Shaw, G. and Benjamin, J. (2017). Prospecting for Holocene Palaeolandscapes in the Sound of Harris, Outer Hebrides. In Geoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou, ed. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Contintental Shelf. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 179-196.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_12]
  • Bicket, A., Firth, A., Tizzard, L. and Benjamin, J. (2014). Heritage Management and Submerged Prehistory in the United Kingdom. In Evans, A.; Flatman, J.; Flemming, N., ed. Prehistoric Archaeology on the Continental Shelf. London: Springer, pp. 213-232.
    [10.1007/978-1-4614-9635-9]
  • Benjamin, J., Bekic, L., Komšo, D., Uhac, I.K. and Bonsall, C. (2011). Investigating the submerged prehistory in the Eastern Adriatic: progress and prospects. In Benjamin, J., Bonsall, C., Pickard, A., Fischer, A., ed. Submerged Prehistory. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 193-206.
  • Ammerman, A.J., Howitt-Marshall, D.H., Benjamin, J. and Turnbull, T. (2011). Underwater Reconnaissance Works at the Early Site of Aspros on Cyprus. In Benjamin, J., Bonsall, C., Pickard, A., Fischer, A., ed. Submerged Prehistory. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 263-271.
  • Benjamin, J. and Cresner, M. (2009). Submerged Prehistoric Site Discovery and a Proposed Application in the Croatian Adriatic. In L Bekic, ed. Jurišicev zbornik: Zbornik radova u znak sjecanja na Marija Jurišica. Zagreb, Republic of Croatia: Croatian Conservation Institute, International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, pp. 52-67.
  • Benjamin, J., Bonsall, C., Pickard, C. and Fischer, A. (Eds.). (2011). Submerged Prehistory. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.
  • Benjamin, J. (2014). Book Review: Climate change archaeology: building resilience from research in the world's coastal wetlands. By Robert Van De Noort. Antiquity, 88(341) pp. 986-987.
    [Web Link]
  • Rovere, A., Furlani, S., Benjamin, J., Fontana, A. and Antonioli, F. (2012). MEDFLOOD: Mediterranean Sea-Level Change and Projection for Future Flooding. Journal of Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary, 25(2) pp. iii-vi.
    [Web Link]
  • Cowley, D., Benjamin, J. and Martin, C. (2012). Aerial reconnaissance of maritime landscapes in Scotland - some preliminary observations on context, methodology and results. AARGnews, 45 pp. 64-73.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Benjamin, J. (2010). Comments on Submerged Prehistoric Site Discovery: A Response. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 5(2) pp. 285-287.
    [10.1080/15564894.2010.506629] [Scopus]
  • Benjamin, J., Rovere, A., Fontana, A., Furlani, S., Vacchi, M., Inglis, R., et al. (2017). Late Quaternary sea-level changes and early human societies in the central and eastern Mediterranean Basin: An interdisciplinary review. Quaternary International, 499 pp. 29-57.
    [10.1016/j.quaint.2017.06.025] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Gately, I. and Benjamin, J. (2017). Archaeology Hijacked: Addressing the Historical Misappropriations of Maritime and Underwater Archaeology. Journal of Maritime Archaeology,
    [10.1007/s11457-017-9177-8]
  • Benjamin, J. and MacKintosh, R. (2016). Regulating Scientific Diving and Underwater Archaeology: legal and historical considerations. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 45(1) pp. 153-169.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Stankiewicz, F., Kowlessar, J.D., Kahn, A., Benjamin, J. and Baggaley, P. (2016). Cultural Resource and Acoustic Survey of the Australian Ketch John Robb. The Journal of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, 40 pp. 67-76.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Hardy, K., Benjamin, J., Bickett, A., McCarthy, J.K. and Ballin, T. (2015). Scotland’s intertidal prehistory: Lub Dubh Aird, a raw material and knapping site in Upper Loch Torridon. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 145 pp. 17-39.
  • Benjamin, J., Bicket, A., Anderson, D. and Hale, A. (2014). A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Researching the Intertidal and Marine Archaeology in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 9(3) pp. 400-424.
    [10.1080/15564894.2014.934490] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • McCarthy, J. and Benjamin, J. (2014). Multi-image Photogrammetry for Underwater Archaeological Site Recording: An Accessible, Diver-Based Approach. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 9(1) pp. 95-114.
    [10.1007/s11457-014-9127-7] [Scopus]
  • Tizzard, L., Bicket, A., Benjamin, J. and De Loecker, D. (2014). A Middle Palaeolithic site in the southern North Sea: investigating the archaeology and palaeogeography of Area 240. Journal of Quaternary Science, 29(7) pp. 698-710.
    [10.1002/jqs.2743] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Benjamin, J. and Hale, A. (2012). Marine, Maritime, or Submerged Prehistory? Contextualizing the Prehistoric Underwater Archaeologies of Inland, Coastal, and Offshore Environments. European Journal of Archaeology, 15(2) pp. 237-256.
    [10.1179/1461957112Y.0000000007] [Scopus]
  • Benjamin, J. (2010). Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Underwater Site Discovery: Reevaluating the 'Danish Model' for International Practice. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 5(2) pp. 253-270.
    [10.1080/15564894.2010.506623] [Scopus]
  • Benjamin, J. and Bonsall, C. (2009). The prehistoric chert dagger from Piran, Slovenia: an underwater find from the northern Adriatic. Arheološki vestnik, 60 pp. 9-15.
    [Scopus]
  • Benjamin, J. and Bonsall, C. (2009). A Feasibility Study for the Investigation of Submerged Sites Along the Coast of Slovenia. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 38(1) pp. 163-172.
    [10.1111/j.1095-9270.2008.00210.x] [Scopus]
  • Benjamin, J., Rovere, A., Fontana, A., Furlani, S., Vacchi, M., Inglis, R., et al. (2017). Late Quaternary sea-level changes and early human societies in the central and eastern Mediterranean Basin: An interdisciplinary review. Quaternary International, 499 pp. 29-57.
    [10.1016/j.quaint.2017.06.025] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Gately, I. and Benjamin, J. (2017). Archaeology Hijacked: Addressing the Historical Misappropriations of Maritime and Underwater Archaeology. Journal of Maritime Archaeology,
    [10.1007/s11457-017-9177-8]
  • Benjamin, J. and MacKintosh, R. (2016). Regulating Scientific Diving and Underwater Archaeology: legal and historical considerations. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 45(1) pp. 153-169.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Tizzard, L., Bicket, A., Benjamin, J. and De Loecker, D. (2014). A Middle Palaeolithic site in the southern North Sea: investigating the archaeology and palaeogeography of Area 240. Journal of Quaternary Science, 29(7) pp. 698-710.
    [10.1002/jqs.2743] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Benjamin, J., Bicket, A., Anderson, D. and Hale, A. (2014). A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Researching the Intertidal and Marine Archaeology in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 9(3) pp. 400-424.
    [10.1080/15564894.2014.934490] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • McCarthy, J. and Benjamin, J. (2014). Multi-image Photogrammetry for Underwater Archaeological Site Recording: An Accessible, Diver-Based Approach. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 9(1) pp. 95-114.
    [10.1007/s11457-014-9127-7] [Scopus]
  • Benjamin, J. and Hale, A. (2012). Marine, Maritime, or Submerged Prehistory? Contextualizing the Prehistoric Underwater Archaeologies of Inland, Coastal, and Offshore Environments. European Journal of Archaeology, 15(2) pp. 237-256.
    [10.1179/1461957112Y.0000000007] [Scopus]
  • Galili, E., Benjamin, J., Hershkovitz, I., Weinstein-Evron, M., Zohar, I., Eshed, V., et al. (2017). Atlit-Yam: A Unique 9000 Year Old Prehistoric Village Submerged off the Carmel Coast, Israel – The SPLASHCOS Field School (2011) In Geoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou, ed. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Contintental Shelf. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 85-102.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_6]
  • Uldum, O., Benjamin, J., McCarthy, J.K., Lübke, H. and Fuelner, F. (2017). The Late Mesolithic Site of Falden, Denmark: Results from Underwater Archaeological Fieldwork and a Strategy for Capacity-Building Based on the SPLASHCOS Mission. In Geoffrey N. Bailey, Jan Harff, Dimitris Sakellariou, ed. Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Contintental Shelf. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 65-84.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-53160-1_5]
  • Benjamin, J., Bekic, L., Komšo, D., Uhac, I.K. and Bonsall, C. (2011). Investigating the submerged prehistory in the Eastern Adriatic: progress and prospects. In Benjamin, J., Bonsall, C., Pickard, A., Fischer, A., ed. Submerged Prehistory. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 193-206.

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