Welcome to SPLASHCOS

SPLASHCOS - Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf - is a four-year research network (2009 to 2013) funded by the European Commission under its COST program (Cooperation in Science and Technology) as COST Action TD0902.

Its aim is to bring together archaeologists, marine geoscientists, heritage agencies, and commercial and industrial organizations interested in researching, managing and preserving the archives of archaeological and palaeoclimatic information locked up on the drowned prehistoric landscapes of the European continental shelf, and to disseminate that knowledge to a wider audience.

Details of the programme and membership of the Action are given in the Memorandum of Understanding, in the MoU Addendum, which gives details of the history of the proposal and publications, and on the COST website.

The formal term of the Action is now completed. The final report is available here and will be made available on the COST website. Publications resulting from the Action are currently in progress, members remain active in conducting new research, and details will be posted as news items on this site from time to time.

SPLASHCOS is COST Action TD0902. Click to find out more...


€4.3 Million of New Funding for Submerged Landscape Research in the North Sea
Monday, 7th March 2016

Two major grants involving SPLASHCOS members have recently been awarded for new research. Prof. Vince Gaffney, University of Bradford, has won €2.5 million as an ERC Advanced Grant to lead a 5-year project, Europe’s Lost Frontiers: Exploring Climate Change, Settlement and Colonisation of the Submerged Landscapes of the North Sea Basin using Ancient DNA, Seismic Mapping and Complex Systems Modelling. For further details click here.

Prof. Dr. Hauke Joens reports that the Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research, has won €1.8 million from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture and the Volkswagen Foundation to lead a 4-year project on The Wadden Sea as an Archive of Landscape Evolution, Climate Change and Settlement History: Exploration – Analysis – Predictive Modelling. For further details click here

Both projects are multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional and will deploy a range of technologies in remote sensing, coring and sediment analysis to chart the impact of sea-level change on the now-submerged landscape and to model human reactions to it in different sectors of the southern North Sea.

Underwater Cultural Heritage at the Paris Climate Conference COP 21 on 3 December
Monday, 23rd November 2015

Ulrike Guerin from UNESCO has secured an exhibition space in the UNESCO Pavilion in the public area close to the delegates entrance.

She and Nan-Chin Chu from the European Marine Board will organise a presentation there on 3 December between 10.00 and 11.30 on the theme of 'Understanding the History of Climate change and Sea Level Rise', with participation of SPLASHCOS members.

Click here for further details

IKUWA6: 6th International Congress on Underwater Archaeology in Australia
Monday, 23rd November 2015

IKUWA6 will take place between 28 November and 2 December 2016 at the Western Australian Museum Fremantle, Western Australia. It is being hosted by the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, and this is the first time that IKUWA has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. The call for papers has just been issued.

There are a number of proposed sessions of relevance to submerged landscapes and prehistoric archaeology including a dedicated session on The Archaeology of Submerged Palaeolandscapes: a Global Perspective.

Further details can be found here

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