Position

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. Dr Benjamin 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' Jonathan represented the UK as an Early Stage Researcher (2009 - 2013) 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 as Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology.

Qualifications

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

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

Supervisory interests

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

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Submerged Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology (1) ;

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

RHD Student Achievements

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

Publications

  • 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. (2006). Underwater Archaeological Feasibility Report for the Pre-Neolithic Aspros Site, Cyprus. In Andrew McCarthy, ed. Island Dialogues: Proceedings from POCA, 2006. University of Edinburgh Archaeology Occasional Papers 21. University of Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, pp. 4-14.
  • 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]
  • 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. and MacKintosh, R. (2015). Regulating Scientific Diving and Underwater Archaeology: legal and historical considerations. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 45(1) pp. 153-169.
    [Scopus] [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). 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. 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., Bonsall, C., Pickard, C. and Fischer, A. (Eds.). (2011). Submerged Prehistory. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.
  • 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 MacKintosh, R. (2015). Regulating Scientific Diving and Underwater Archaeology: legal and historical considerations. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 45(1) pp. 153-169.
    [Scopus] [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.
  • 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., 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]
  • 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. (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]

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