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Nature, a place for you and your mind.
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Photography: @eslopez

Full Bloom | F*Shift Magazine

Welcome back Spring!¬†ūüĆľūüĆł¬†Get some inspiration for the Spring season and check out our “Full Bloom” issue of¬†Fashion Shift Magazine!…/…/full_bloom_digital_2017_

A massive thanks to all our talented contributors, supporters and team.

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Fishermen on the Backwaters

‘Fishermen on the Backwaters’ – Pattanam, Kerala, India

A tranquil moment observing local everyday life along the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India. This spot was just a short bike ride away from where I was leading a magnetometry survey at the archaeological site of Pattanam, believed to be the ancient Indo-Roman trade-port Muziris.

See our field report for more:

IKUWA6: Underwater Archaeology Down Under

Last month I¬†had the great opportunity to present at IKUWA 6 underwater archaeology conference, in association¬†with the¬†University of Southampton, UK (where I was¬†recently¬†awarded my¬†Ph.D). IKUWA 6 is the International Congress of Underwater Archaeology, and one of the largest in the field. This was the first time it was being held outside of Europe, with Australia’s Fremantle (Freo)¬†as the chosen host location for the sixth conference, taking place at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.¬†The conference coincided with the 400th anniversary of the first evidenced¬†European landing in Western Australia undertaken by the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog.

This being also the first time I landed in Australia, I had a few days beforehand with family in Perth to visit the koalas, kangaroos and wallabies roaming around, and enjoy beautiful sandy beaches with the cooling local afternoon breeze known as the Fremantle Doctor.


As the conference unfolded, interesting discussions sparked at¬†the UNESCO¬†Roundtable talks on the first day, ¬†with leading experts discussing issues and potential¬†measures to¬†further advocate for the protection of¬†Underwater Cultural Heritage. The next series of days exhibited underwater archaeological discoveries emerged from around the world, exploring a wide range of themes¬†and topics, such as navigation and trade, 3D & GIS technology, and the importance of capacity building. These were presented in the form of both talks and posters, providing different interactive ways of engaging¬†with the research (and its researchers).¬†During the IKUWA 6 conference,¬† I co-presented a poster with Steven Lopez¬†titled¬†‘Sensory Navigation in the Roman Mediterranean: The Levantine & Ionian Seas’, which¬†explored the use of the senses in Roman navigation, drawing on two case-studies. First, a theoretical approach of the Levantine coastline, followed by the practical sailed journey along the Albanian coastline during our 2016 Albanian Marine Science Expedition. See abstract here. Also at IKUWA6, Dr Lucy Blue (University of Southampton & Honor Frost Froundation) presented a discussion on the underwater archaeological survey we undertook in Oman last year and its role in capacity building in the region.¬†

The conference was filled with so many interesting, influential people and groundbreaking research and discoveries, all gathered in an idyllic maritime setting in beautiful Australia!

Thank you IKUWA6 team for hosting such a great conference!

Walk For Freedom

Stand and fight for FREEDOM.

Today was A21’s global campaign to #WalkForFreedom to raise awareness of the 27 million enslaved in human trafficking around the world. See more on how you can continue to support this cause on¬†or email

Photo of me for Zoe Boomer’s Freedom Campaign with A21, taken by Hannah Burton.
A21 stands for abolishing injustice in the 21st century. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Anyone can join; everyone can make a difference.”