About 'Nordic Underwater Archaeology'
and welcome to Nordic Underwater Archaeology. This publication is edited by Per
Åkesson, Stockholm, Sweden, since 1996, with contributions from many. It is mostly in
Swedish and English.
It aims to:
- Be a reference and contact list for anybody involved in underwater archaeology.
- Inform about our maritime heritage, and how to take care of it.
Nordic Underwater Archaeology lives on the web and on CD with support from
MAS, but it represents no organisation and has no official status. It is only I, and the authors of
various texts here, that are responsible for the content.
For some external links to other sites that I find useful, well made or interesting, I add a smiley .
This is only a personal judgment of the website, and not a judgment of the underlying organisation.
I use the term “underwater archaeology” because that is a widely used expression. I use this term in a
broad sense, covering various aspects of maritime and experimental archaeology, not always underwater.
If you find this site useful and make links to it, fine. You can use either the wide logo or the small
Vasa ship at the bottom of this page. But it is safest to make links to the entry page www.subarc.info or
the index page www.abc.se/~pa/uwa/
Underlying document names may change, as this site is constantly changing.
A science like underwater archaeology is, and should be,
international. This site has a global scope, but Northern Europe is covered better than than other parts.
The reason is that this is the area that I know best. Covering the world in detail, would be beyond my
Contribute, comment, or get articles!
If you find errors or have comments, if you have press
releases, if you have links or relevant texts that you want published on the web in various languages,
contact me, the editor.
If you want to publish material from this site you must
contact me or the author. Articles can be re-written or adapted on request.
With my experience as a journalist and TV reporter, it's fairly easy for me to produce material for print
or other media. All job ideas are most welcome, after all I must make a living.
The interactive CD-ROM version of these pages can be ordered.
This is useful for education, reference or at exhibitions where Internet connection may be slow, expensive
or difficult. A customised CD can be produced on demand, changing the focus of presentation to your
particular area, or combining this material with other documents. The CD is produced with the assistance
of Jakob Cederlund (thanks!).
This publication would be nearly nothing without help. I wish
- All the contributors of articles. Thy are mentioned in the list of new articles.
- Those who helped with information, criticism and proofreading, in particular: Carl Olof Cederlund,
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, Jon Adams, John S Illsley, the MAS members,
- Those who gave permission to use copyright material, in particular: The Vasa Museum, the Swedish
National Maritime Museum, Peter Lögdberg, Sture Hultquist, UNESCO, Mary Rose Trust, Anders Fransson,
Ingemar Lundgren, Discovery Channel, Axel Nelson.
- Those who give economical support, so far: MAS.
- Those who helped with programming solutions: Anders Nylund and Jakob Cederlund.
Reviews & Awards
Here are some reviews and awards. To those who liked this site
I say thank you !
- Education on the Internet, UK:
featured, February 2003
- Internet Public Library, USA:
listed under "archaeology" (2002)
- Bigchalk Education Network, USA:
"Bigchalk editors selected this site for its exemplary coverage of its topic".
Bigchalk is linking to several of these pages. I hope it will be useful. Just ... Kids, please don't cheat with your
- Discover Magazine, USA:
"colorful and consistently engaging collection of photos, essays, databases and hyperlinks ... fun
introduction to a seemingly obscure topic." (Web Pick 2001)
- Librarians' Index to the Internet, USA:
listed under "underwater archaeology" (2001)
- The Lancet, UK:
"engaging site" (21 Oct 2000)
- Triton, Österreich:
"Exzellente Seite für alle unterwasserarchäologischen Themen, mit Schwerpunktsetzung auf die Geschichte
Nordeuropas. Gut zum Weiterhanteln im Netz." (2000)
- Port, UK :
"Your Web site has been included in Port, an electronic information service from the Centre for Maritime
Research, National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich." (Feb '00)
"our editors have selected your site as one of the best on the Internet when reviewed for quality,
accuracy of content, presentation and usability" (Feb '00)
Listed as "research quality" educational resource (Nov '99)
- Ancient World Web :
Recommended (summer '99)
- Encyclopædia Britannica Internet Guide & Britannica Newsweek Internet Guide
Recommended, Archaeology Europe, (May '99)
Internet Guide, and Hotbot Directory :
Listed/featured/recommended site, Underwater Archaeology, (May '99)
- Deutsche Internetadressen, Germany :
"Auf dieser Site wird einem breiten Publikum Einblick gewährt in eine Form der archäologischen Arbeit,
die seit der Hollywood-Verfilmung der legendären Titanic das Interesse und die Faszination vieler
Menschen auch hierzulande geweckt hat." (Apr '99)
- Academic Info, USA :
Recommended under European Archaeology. (Mar '99)
- Netscape Open Directory and DMOZ :
Listed/featured site, Underwater Archaeology (Feb '99)
- Snap, USA :
Listed/recommended, Underwater & Marine Archaeology as well as Vikings (Feb '99)
- Lycos Unexplained Guide, USA :
Top rating in topic Sunken Ships. (Jan '99)
- Critical Mass Award, USA :
"A very nice site, excellent design, clever original graphics, great photos, and your content is
informative, entertaining, presented well and easy to access." (Education Sites, Jan '99)
- The Mining Co /About Com, USA
is a beautifully managed web directory that links to several of this site's pages, from their entries
Archaeology, Arctic Culture, and Ancient History/Rome. (1998)
Ministère de l'Education Nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie, France:
"Vous êtes producteur d'une ressource électronique qui est désormais répertoriée et décrite sur le site
Educasource ... sous l'intitulé 'Shipbuilding & Experimental archaeology'." (Dec '98)
- Links2Go, USA :
Key Resource award under Archaeology. (Nov '98)
Go Network :
Recommended, "best site", Nautical archaeology, 1998
- Altavista Looksmart :
Listed/recommended website, Archaeology, 1998
- Select Surf, USA :
"This recognition is given only to top sites meeting SelectSurf's criteria for content, usefulness,
presentation, ease of use, and originality." (May '98)
- BBC Webguide, UK
"... many fascinating replica ship sites. This is a lovely site, with lots of variety and plenty of
photographs to delight both the ship enthusiast and the recreational diver." (April '98)
Pick of the Week 14 April 1998.
Médaille d'Or for Web Site Excellence, UK :
"An absolutely fascinating and very extensive site all about, as the title suggests, underwater
archaeology in Scandinavia. There is a huge amount to see and learn from this straightforward site; an
essential bookmark for professional and amateur archaeologists everywhere." (Oct '97)
Ring Ltd, USA :
"... providing exemplary and timely references of significant value to those both with general reading
interests and those with with more serious research interests in maritime archaeology." (June '97)
Index, USA :
"Nordic Underwater Archaeology has been named one of the best education-related sites on the Web by The
Education Index. At The Education Index we search out those sites which offer interesting,
well-organized, reliable information to busy people looking for the best sources in any of our 50
subject and 10 lifestage categories. We appreciate your efforts to produce a valuable resource on the
Web!" (Feb '97)
- Unterwasserarchäologie in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
"Von diesem Web-site aus gelangt man zu fast allen wichtigen Organisationen, die sich mit
nordeuropäischer mariner Archäologie beschäftigen." (Jan '97)
- Florida State Univerity :
"An excellent page providing information on underwater archaeology from Northern Europe. Has an
extensive listing of links to other archaeology sites." (Nov '96)
- ARGE :
Nordic underwater archaeology, "An excellent website mainly for north European underwater
archaeology, with links to a wide range of resources including museums, societies, courses, current
projects, mailing groups and publications, and tools and techniques. Well organised, attractive and
useful site." (Aug '96)