Dr Peter Campbell, Maritime Archaeologist

Peter is the Assistant Director for Archaeology at the British School at Rome. His PhD in archaeology is from the University of Southampton. Peter’s research broadly examines the spread of ideas through Mediterranean maritime connectivity and, as a result, he typically work underwater on shipwrecks, harbours, and sunken cities, as well as underwater caves. He also works on terrestrial survey and excavation, frequently in caves. He has directed archaeological projects in six countries, mostly concentrated in the central and eastern Mediterranean. His research uses archaeological science such as elemental and molecular analyses, but also UV/IR fluorescence, paleomagnetic dating, isotope analysis. Beyond field archaeology, Peter’s researches the illicit antiquities trade and his work has been used in policy papers and presented to the OSCE, INTERPOL, and UNESCO. His Op Ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Discovery News, and Bloomberg, and he is a permanent contributor to the Guardian’s The Past and the Curious. He has appeared on CNN, BBC World Service, RT, Great Big Story, and many other media outlets, as well as documentaries Pavlopetri: City Beneath the Waves and Ancient Top 10.