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.

For details of the programme and membership see the Memorandum of Understanding, the MoU Addendum, The COST Final Evaluation Report (2013),and the COST website.

The formal programme of activities, outputs and publications is now complete. New research initiatives and publications inspired by SPLASHCOS will be reported here as they arise.

The Archaeology of Europe's Drowned Landscapes (2020) is the final volume of synthesis, published by Springer
The SPLASHCOS Viewer is an interactive database of underwater archaeological finds. It is publicly available and will be updated in light of new information
Oceans of Archaeology is an edited volume of synthesis for the general reader

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Thursday, 9th July 2020

New underwater sites have recently been discovered on the continental shelf offshore of the Dampier Archipelago in NW Australia.

Monday, 13th April 2020

Two volumes have now been published on the archaeological work arising from the SPLASHCOS initiative: The Archaeology of Europe's Drowned Landscapes, published by Springer as an open access volume, and Oceans of Archaeology, published by the Jutland Archaeological Society.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Loren Davis (Oregon State University) and James Dixon (University of New Mexico) convened a discussion workshop at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC on June 11-12, with archaeologists engaged in underwater research, representatives of Native tribal organisations, and Federal agencies.