Welcome to SPLASHCOS

SPLASHCOS - Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf - is a research network funded from 2009 to 2013 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 industrial organizations to research, manage and preserve 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 public.

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. News Items about new activities inspired by SPLASHCOS will be reported here as they arise.


The SPLASHCOS Viewer. An interactive online database of underwater archaeological finds. It is publicly available and will be updated in light of new information

The Archaeology of Europe's Drowned Landscapes (2020) Springer Open Access. Network volume

Oceans of Archaeology (2018), Jutland Archaeological Society. For a more general audience

Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf: Quaternary Paleoenvironments (2017), Wiley-Blackwell. Network volume

Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf (2017). Springer. Conference volume

Land Beneath the Waves: European Marine Board Position Paper 21 (2014). European policy document

Collaboration with Offshore Industries (2013) Guidance booklet

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Monday, 18th October 2021

Nic Flemming has recently completed a book with this title, subtitled 'The Memoir of a Paraplegic Ocean Scientist', sponsored by the Honor Frost Foundation. It will be published by Sidestone Press on 16 December 2021.

Saturday, 1st May 2021

This two-day meeting hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of London will take place on 6th and 7th May 2021. Details are available on the Society of Antiquaries website

Sunday, 20th December 2020

This online conference included a session on Submerged Landscape Archaeology and the Deep Past of Australia, which took place on Wednesday 9th December 2020