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.
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Peter served as a discussant at the Honor Frost Foundation 2018 Policy Forum titled "Managing Shipwrecks" at the British Academy in London.
Simon Keay and Peter presented "Navigating the Harbours and Canals of the Portus Romae: new approaches" on the recent research on Portus for the Roman Society in London.
Peter attended the OSCE/Carabinieri 2018 Counter-Terrorism Conference on Reversing the Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters held in Rome, Italy.
Peter presented “Culture Under Threat: The Black Market Stage of Antiquities Trafficking” to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria.
Peter was invited to the Explorers Club Annual Dinner as one of the 2017 Rolex Explorers. He presented on his research on survey and 3D visualization of Mediterranean underwater cultural heritage in Albania, Greece, and Italy. Photography by Felix...
Peter presented "Reconstructing the Harbourscape of Portus" to the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica, Escuela Española en Roma.
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