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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Thursday, 28th December 2023

Ten PhD positions have recently been announced on the general theme of Stone Age coastal hunter-fisher-gatherers within an innovative, international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral Doctoral network focussing on the legacy of ancient hunter-fisher-gatherers across coastal areas of Europe.

Thursday, 28th December 2023

The European Research Council has recently awarded a grant of €13 million to the SUBNORDICA project.

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.