Professor Wendy van Duivenvoorde


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Research Biography

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde is a professor in maritime archaeology and the Research Section Head, History, Archaeology, Indigenous Studies & Geography at Flinders University. She is a leading expert in the areas of seafaring, shipbuilding, technology and knowledge transfer, culture contact, and maritime cultural heritage. Her studies primarily focus global seafaring and include historical and archaeological studies related to Western Australia's early European shipwrecks and shipbuilding in the Australian colonies. She has an additional research interest in ancient ships and seafaring and has been a team member of the 3rd-century Kyrenia Ship project for over 20 years. Her regional focus is mainly Australasia, the Indian Ocean region, and Europe. She also has specialist knowledge of legacy data, maritime landscape studies, archaeological artefacts, maritime museum collections, waterlogged conservation, in-situ conservation, dendrochronology, archaeometallurgy and archaeometry.

Research Interests

Nautical archaeology, classical archaeology, computer applications in archaeology, archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, technological advancement, dendro-archaeology, ancient Mediterranean ship construction and technologies, ancient Mediterranean seafaring and seamanship, and European shipbuilding (in particular that of the Dutch United East India Company), seafaring, and seamanship.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Mar 2023 Peta Straiton - 2022 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • May 2022 Mick de Ruyter - 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Mar 2021 Omaima Eldeeb - 2020 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Mar 2021 Enrique Aragon Nunez - 2020 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Mar 2021 John McCarthy - 2020 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Jan 2017 Jason Raupp - 2017 SHA Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award
  • Apr 2016 Jason Raupp - 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • Apr 2016 Maddy Fowler - 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Maritime Archaeology (10)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Maritime Archaeology (7)


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Research Areas

  • Archaeology

Supervisory Interests

  • East Asian maritime archaeology
  • Maritime cultural heritage
  • Maritime archaeology
  • Australian maritime archaeology
  • Traditional boatbuilding
  • Material studies in maritime archaeology
  • Indian Ocean shipbuilding and seafaring
  • North-western European shipbuilding and seafaring
  • Museum studies in maritime archaeology
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Nautical archaeology


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