Dr Jonathan Benjamin FSA is a specialist in the archaeology of submerged landscapes, Pleistocene-Holocene transitions and applied methods in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology. Dr Benjamin's research interests include past human transitions and cultural migrations, the inundation of coastal sites and resulting impacts on past societies, 3D site recording and the advancement of method in maritime and underwater archaeology. Jonathan has undertaken various aspects of terrestrial, aerial and underwater archaeological research across a wide temporal spectrum from prehistoric, classical and historical periods in Britain, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Denmark, as well as pre and post-contact sites in North America 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 2014 and served as Co-Chair of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology from 2015 - 2018. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), and is the Lead CI for the Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture (ARC DP1700100812).
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
Research Higher Degree Coordinator (Archaeology): 2016 - 2018
Honours Coordinator (Archaeology): 2016 - 2019
Seminar Series Coordinator (Archaeology): 2016 - 2018
Archaeology; Prehistoric Archaeology; Submerged Landscapes; Coastal and Maritime Archaeology; Land Bridges and Migration Routes in Prehistory; Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition; The Neolithisation of Europe
HFFDR Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Underwater Archaeology - MAR 2016
Co-Chair, UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology (2015 - 2018)
Fellow, Society of Antiquities of London
Lifetime Member, Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Delegate, Standards Australia SF-017 Committee for Occupational Diving (Scientific Diving Working Group Member)
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