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Dr Jonathan Benjamin FSA is a specialist in the archaeology of submerged landscapes, Pleistocene-Holocene transitions and applied methods in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology. Dr Benjamin's research interests include past human transitions and cultural migrations, the inundation of coastal sites and resulting impacts on past societies, 3D site recording and the advancement of method in maritime and underwater archaeology. Jonathan has undertaken various aspects of terrestrial, aerial and underwater archaeological research across a wide temporal spectrum from prehistoric, classical and historical periods in Britain, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Denmark, as well as pre and post-contact sites in North America and Australia. He is an expert in diver-based photographic and photogrammetric recording of underwater archaeological sites. As a member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action 'SPLASHCOS' (2009 - 2013) Jonathan was an Early Stage Researcher and was lead editor of Submerged Prehistory (2011). Before joining Flinders Jonathan was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh (History, Classics and Archaeology) and worked for Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine, based in Scotland. Jonathan joined Flinders University in 2014 and served as Co-Chair of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology from 2015 - 2018. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), and is the Lead CI for the Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture (ARC DP1700100812).

Research Interests

Archaeology; Submerged Landscapes; Coastal and Maritime Archaeology; Impacts of sea-level changes on past human societies; Aerial Archaeology; 3D Recording and Interpretation for Archaeology; Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition; Scientific Diving

Supervised Students Successes

  • Oct 2019 John McCarthy - Best Paper (Overall): AIMA 2019
  • Oct 2019 Omaima Eldeeb - Best Paper (Student): AIMA 2019
  • Jun 2016 Omaima Eldeeb - HFFDR Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Underwater Archaeology
  • Mar 2016 Katarina Jerbić - HFFDR Scholarship for Doctoral Research in Underwater Archaeology

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

… → 2007

Award Date: 1 Feb 2007

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

… → 2000

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000


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Research Areas

  • Archaeology

Supervisory Interests

  • Archaeology
  • Maritime archaeology
  • Prehistoric archaeology
  • Underwater cultural heritage


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