Exploring the Evolving Interest in Underwater Archaeology in Rural Harris County

Akifumi Iwabuchi, a professor of Maritime Anthropology and Nautical Archaeology at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, is a renowned member of the UNESCO UNITWIN Underwater Archaeology Network. He has conducted numerous archaeological excavation programs in collaboration with Indonesian and Vietnamese researchers, focusing on merchant ships and port cities in these two countries. Additionally, a few universities, such as the University of East Carolina, Texas A&M University, and the University of West Florida, offer graduate education in this specialized field of archaeology. Dr.

Siegfried Wachsmann was appointed visiting adjunct professor of Meadows Biblical Archaeology in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. He also worked on the DFG project entitled “Cultural Change at the Beginning of the First Millennium” in Western Pannonia and Ulpiana (Kosovo) in collaboration with the German Archaeological Institute. Hulin has participated in numerous excavations and studies in the Eastern Mediterranean and is currently preparing the coastal study of Western Marmarica, in Libya, for publication. In general, this project examines the issues of environmental and economic sustainability from the fields of maritime history, archeology and ethnography. It highlights the importance of the humanities in dealing with the climate emergency that our planet is currently facing.

Jeroen Vermeersch studied archaeology in Leuven and Cologne and maritime archaeology in Southampton. Federico Ugolini received his doctorate in Roman Archaeology at King's College London. Abhirada Pook Komoot recently graduated with a doctorate in maritime archaeology from the University of Western Australia. Underwater archaeology has evolved into a series of subdisciplines that address everything from how humans interact with water to searching for aircraft that have made water their final resting place. The archaeological record is full of examples of known shipwrecks from some cultures and periods, but for others no evidence exists in the known archaeological record.

Lucy has participated in and directed international maritime and terrestrial archaeological studies and excavations, as well as geophysical, geoarchaeological, capacity-building and marine outreach projects in the Eastern Mediterranean and Arab world since 1996. This article explores how public interest about underwater archaeology has changed over time within rural areas of Harris County. It looks at how fishing resources can limit people's access to archaeological data and subsistence activities related to fishing and fish processing. It also examines how underwater archaeology depends on good relations with other communities familiar with bodies of water they work in.