Thijs J. Maarleveld is professor of maritime archaeology at the University of Southern Denmark, where he leads the Maritime archaeology Programme. Before his appointment in 2005 he was Head of the division of Maritime Heritage of the National Service for Archaeological Heritage (ROB/RACM) in the Netherlands and lecturer in maritime archaeology at Leiden University. He read History and Prehistory at the universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and learned to dive in 1973. In 1980 he joined the cultural policy department of the Ministry of Culture as coordinator for under water archaeology. Since then his work has been at the interface of maritime archaeological research and the deployment of practical and policy measures to enhance the use and protection of underwater cultural heritage at the national and international level.

Associate Professor

Jens Auer is an Associate Professor at the Maritime Archaeology Programme, University of Southern Denmark. He specializes in shipwreck archaeology and is interested in developing and furthering recording methodologies in the field of maritime archaeology. In his master thesis and later also in his PhD, he focused on the archaeology and history of small warships in the Danish navy between 1650 and 1750. One of his recent fieldwork projects included the excavation and analysis of the Swedish man-of-war Princes Hedvig Sophia, which was lost during the Great Northern War. Jens is also associated with the commercial diver training centre, where he teaches commercial diving courses.

Jens started working in maritime archaeology in 1995 when he joined the Verein fuer Unterwasserarchaeologie MV in Germany.  He completed an MA in  archaeology in 2000.  Afterwards he worked as a diving archaeologist for the German heritage authority in Mecklenburg Vorpommern.  Before he came to England in 2003, he was employed as commercial diver with an Inshore construction company in Northern Germany. Between 2003 and 2007 Jens worked as Senior Project Officer (Coastal and Marine) with Wessex Archaeology Ltd. In 2007 he moved to Denmark and helped establishing the Maritime Archaeology Programme and the associated Commercial diver training centre.

Jens’ most recent publications can be found on Academia.edu

Associate Professor

I am a maritime archaeologist focusing on the Greco-Roman and early Islamic worlds – from the Atlantic façade to the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean – from the 6th century BC to the 9th century AD. My primary research interests extend beyond the traditional emphasis on ships to the economic, social and environmental mechanisms that supported and facilitated their use. This includes the development of ports and harbours within contemporary trade and communication networks, coastal geo-morphological changes affecting these marine-land interfaces, and the exploitation of marine resources. My secondary research interests include ceramics, maritime heritage management and the ethno-archaeology of fishing techniques, ship building, and sailing.

Since 1999 I have directed several research projects in Morocco that focus on past fishing practices, the logistical integration of ports and harbours, and the development of maritime heritage management; I am presently investigating the diachronic evolution of the Oued Loukkos basin at the ancient port of Lixus (near modern Larache). My current research also includes a project in Montenegro, training students and heritage managers in maritime archaeology skills whilst carrying out an inventory of submerged sites around the southern coastal port of Antibarium (modern Bar). In addition, I have conducted terrestrial and underwater archaeological fieldwork and ethnography projects in Iran, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Denmark, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S.

Before joining the University of Southern Denmark’s Maritime Archaeology Programme as an Associate Professor and Commercial Dive Instructor in 2013, I was a curator at the Viking Ship Museum, in Roskilde, Denmark, researching Nordic ship construction and experimental ship archaeology, developing museum exhibits, editing a variety of publications, and working on development-led underwater archaeological field projects. I received a double B.A. in Classics and Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.A. in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Roman Archaeology from Aarhus University, and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Southampton. I am co-editor of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology, a Research Associate at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, founding director of the Morocco Maritime Research Group, and serve on underwater cultural heritage management expert panels for UNESCO (Mediterranean, Africa, and Arab States regions) and the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization.

My most recent publications, activities, and CV can be found at Academia.edu and SDU’s website.

Research Assistant

Konstantinos Alexiou is associated with the Commercial diver training centre at the Maritime Archaeology Programme. He holds a master degree in Applied Mathematics and Marine Engineering. Konstantinos started SCUBA diving in 2006 with IANTD. In 2008, he came to Denmark, where he completed a second masters in Maritime Archaeology (2011) and became a commercial diver. Since 2009, he is associated with the Commercial Diver Training Centre at the University of Southern Denmark, where he teaches commercial diving courses. In addition, he works as a Diving Safety Officer and underwater archaeologist for scientific diving projects. In order to extend his knowledge in the fields of medicine and physiology, Konstantinos has been qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
His interests include diving medicine, decompression theory, and applications of diving technology within the scientific sector. He is a regular contributor for the X-Ray Magazine (https://www.xray-mag.com/) and Tech Diving Magazine (https://www.techdivingmag.com/index.html).

PhD Fellow

Christian Thomsen is currently employed as a Ph.D. fellow at the Maritime Archaeology Programme, Institute of History at SDU. He works with maritime infrastructure in the interface between land and sea, with the purpose of integrating archaeology in the close coastal zone with archaeology of the landscape. During his Ph.D. thesis, Christian is on leave from his job as a maritime archaeologist at Langeland Museum, which is one of Denmark’s five archaeological museums with maritime archaeological responsibility. Christian has a bachelor’s degree in medieval archaeology from Aarhus University and graduated from the Maritime Archaeology Programme of SDU in 2010.

External lecturer

Massimiliano Ditta is an External Lecturer at the Maritime Archaeology Programme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural heritage studies (University of Bologna) focused on maritime archaeology. In 2011, Massimiliano came to Denmark, where he completed the Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology (2014) and became a Commercial Scuba Diver. Since 2012, he has taught part of the Archaeological Methods course regarding 3D recording methodologies and 3D modelling applied to maritime archaeology. In addition, he works as a free-lance maritime archaeologist and 3D recording expert for several maritime museums in Northern Europe.

Massimiliano´s main areas of research are in post-medieval shipbuilding and ship design, and in the application of 3D recording and visualisation of Maritime Heritage for research, preservation, and public outreach.

Since 2015, he is voluntarily collaborating with Hjerting Kanelaug for the documentation and reconstruction of the Skibet “Laksen”, as well as with the Hummeren Project for a similar task.

You can see Massimiliano’s publications at Academia.edu.