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 draft final report is available here and the final version 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...


European Parliament Meeting on Underwater Cultural Heritage
Saturday, 3rd October 2015

Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP hosted an Information Meeting on Underwater Cultural Heritage at the European Parliament on 1st October, 2015. The meeting was jointly convened by the EU and UNESCO and included presentations by members of the EU Research Commissions, SPLASHCOS and other EU-funded projects, and a discussion session. Fritz Lueth made a presentation on behalf of SPLASHCOS, and other SPLASHCOS participants included Tine Missiaen, Garry Momber and Marnix Pieters. Details of the programme are here

Blue Growth Workshop Session at European Maritime Day
Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

As reported in an earlier News Item, members of SPLASHCOS took part in a workshop session on ‘Maritime Heritage and Blue Growth: What’s the Connection?’

This session took place on 28th May in Athens as part of the European Maritime Day Conference. The session was organised by Nan-Chin Chu, Science Officer of the European Marine Board (EMB), with Geoff Bailey as Chair, and the participation of other members of SPLASHCOS and other organizations. For further details click here….

During the Conference the new EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, visited the EMB stand and received a copy of the recently published SUBLAND report. The attached photograph shows Niall McDonough (left) handing the SUBLAND Report to Commissioner Vella (far right), with Theodoros Dritsas, Alternate Minister from the Greek Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime Affairs and Tourism.

European Maritime Day Workshop
Wednesday, 20th May 2015

SPLASHCOS members will present a workshop at the European Maritime Day Conference in Athens on 28 May. This is an annual event organised by the EU to celebrate the achievements and potential of Europe's oceans and seas. The workshop, entitled Maritime Heritage and Blue Growth: What's the Connection? is being presented under the auspices of the European Marine Board, the European Dredging Association & the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. Speakers include Geoff Bailey, Dimitris Sakellariou, Nena Galanidou, Henk Weerts, Tido Vellinga, Euan McNeill and Andrea Otte.

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