Dr. Peter B. CampbellUnderwater Archaeologist
Ships are the most frequent find underwater. This shipwreck sank in Albania during the 4th century AD while sailing from North Africa up the Adriatic Sea. Elaine Ferritto snapped this photo of me as I swam it during our 2012 field school in Albania.
Sunken cities are far more common that people realize. They are rarely deep, only 1-4 meters, but submerged cities contain a wealth of information about the past. I captured this moment during our 2014 Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program field school in Croatia.
Underwater caves may be the greatest untapped resource for archaeology. They contain incredible information on ritual and religion, as well as insights into our changing world and species. I took this photograph as our dive team exited a cave in the Balearic Islands, Spain, that was located on dry land until circa 10,000 years ago.
Learning how people use the sea today is one of the most fascinating aspects of maritime archaeology. From sailing tall ships to working with fishermen, the joy of the sea is something that never tires. My research working with fishermen and sponge divers around the Mediterranean has led to many exciting discoveries and insights into ancient trade.
High Impact Underwater Research
Peter is the archaeological director for the Albanian Center for Marine Research, underwater archaeologist for the Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network, and a research associate with RPM Nautical Foundation. He has served on ethical boards such as the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Ethics and Institute for Archaeologists’ Maritime Affairs Group. He is on the Register of Professional Archaeologists and member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Public Engagement with Science
It is critical to engage with the public and advocate for the field through popular media. Peter publishes with media outlets such as Bloomberg, Discovery News, and The New York Times, as well as advising journalists from BBC, CNN, and many others. He has been an invited speaker at INTERPOL, OSCE, and British Museum relating to his research on antiquities trafficking and underwater cultural heritage. He helped design, and is an educator on, the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds free online course.
The Future of Underwater Exploration
The health of the field is paramount to the protection of cultural heritage. Peter teaches underwater sciences field schools and mentors students from a number of universities. His work include forthcoming findings on gender, minority, and job issues in archaeology.
Reports & Publications
This moment in time has enormous potential for new discoveries about our past. Science and politics have shown that underwater exploration will play an important role in the future through uncovering sites important for cultural identity, generating economies based on sustainable tourism, addressing issues like climate change, and managing marine resources for the future.
Read my article on the Great Age of Discovery by clicking below!
The Archaeology of Underwater Caves is an exploration of karst and marine caves around the world. Caves have drawn explorers since early forays by John Leland, King Henry VIII’s antiquary, at Bath in 1545, Helisäus Rößlin’s work at Niederbronn-les-Bains in 1593, and...
I was invited by the Bournemouth Archaeological Society to give a talk on the latest findings in underwater archaeology. It was a great time that ended in karaoke at the pub after the talk!
The Institute of Nautical Archaeology has awarded the Fourni Underwater Survey a grant for its 2017 field season. The third season at Fourni will consist of remote sensing and 3D modeling of the shipwrecks that have been found in previous seasons- 45 in total.
My third lesson with TED Ed is titled "Are Ghost Ships Real?" It examines the age-old phenomenon of "ghost" ship- ships that sail on their own without crews. While these stories have inspired Bram Stoker, Nosferatu, and Pirates of Caribbean, they are based on real...
I gave an invited lecture to the Centre for Maritime Archaeology in the Oxford's Institute of Archaeology. It was an honor speaking to Centre about my research!
Peter serves as an expert on the new History/H2 series Ancient Top 10, which airs tonight in the UK. Peter discusses ancient ships and Wonders of the Ancient World.