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National Geographic documentary

National Geographic visited RPM Nautical Foundation's research to film for an upcoming documentary program. The series is expected in air in a year's time and feature one of RPMNF's ongoing projects.

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Battle of the Egadi Islands fieldwork

The collaboration between the Soprintendenza del Mare and RPM Nautical Foundation continued at the Battle of the Egadi Islands site. The project has spanned a decade and led to the discovery of numerous artifacts from the battle in 241 BC.

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Fourni, Greece, fieldwork

The fieldwork at Fourni, Greece, continued for a third season. A number of new shipwrecks were discovered, while the focus was on documenting the sites that had been found during the previous seasons.

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Guardian Contributor

The Guardian has launched a new science blog about archaeology and anthropology. Peter joins four other researchers to bring new stories from the social sciences to the public. Ready to dive in? Check out the blog on the Guardian's...

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The Archaeology of Underwater Caves book published

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...

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TED Ed lesson “Are Ghost Ships Real?”

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...

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Contributor to the Guardian

The Guardian has published an Op Ed piece I wrote regarding the salvage of six World War II shipwrecks in the Java Sea. While governments protest that protection of underwater cultural heritage is too expense, the programs to do so are already in place and have been...

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OSCE visit to RPMNF’s research vessel in Malta

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) visited RPM Nautical Foundation's research vessel Hercules at its berth in Malta. Delegates toured the ship and Peter gave an overview of RPMNF's projects over the years, as well as discussed the looting...

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TED Ed Lesson: Real Life Sunken Cities

How do cities end up in the sea? In a collaboration with TED, I wrote a lesson for students ages 12-16 to explain the processes that cause cities to become submerged. View the video below or the lesson with course material at the link...

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23 new shipwrecks found in Fourni archipelago

The second season of the Fourni Underwater Survey was a huge success. The team located 23 new shipwrecks, bringing the total to 45 shipwrecks since last September. The findings solidify the maritime archaeological significance of Fourni. The project is directed by...

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National Geographic History Magazine

National Geographic History magazine has written a two page article on our recent discovery of twenty-two shipwrecks in the Fourni archipelago in Greece. It appears in the March-April issue, pick it up at news stands today!

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