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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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Quoted in Scientific American

A recent article on Scientific American discusses a method of shipwreck prospection published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The method, developed by Baeye, Quinn, Deleu, and Fettweis, uses plumes of suspended particulate matter in turbid waters visible on...

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Etihad Magazine

An article about shipwrecks by Stephen Phelan appears in the latest Etihad Magazine. Stephen interviewed me about the current state of the field, as well as recent discoveries such as the San Jose in Colombia. The article discusses treasure finds, but explains the...

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World Archaeology Magazine

Current World Archaeology has published an article titled "The Ancient Shipwreck Capital of the World" in the news section of their February/March 2016 issue. The article details the recent discovery of twenty-two ancient shipwrecks in the Fourni archipelago, a...

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