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.

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Designation of Pavlopetri by the World Monuments Fund
Monday, 15th August 2016

On July 23–24, 2016, Pavlopetri Watch Day was celebrated in Neapolis and on Elafonisos Island in Lakonia, Greece to mark the designation of Pavlopetri by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) as one of fifty endangered cultural heritage sites world-wide.

Pavlopetri is the oldest underwater city in the world, dating from the Early Bronze Age, and developed and flourished between 3500 to 1500 BCE, with indications of even earlier material in the form of Neolithic pottery sherds.

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New EU Funding of €4.5 million for Submerged Landscape Mapping
Thursday, 2nd June 2016

The European Commission has recently issued a call for research proposals under the geology section of the EMODnet Program (European Marine Observation and Data network) for high-resolution mapping of submerged landscapes (multibeam and seismic survey and borings).

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€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.

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