The Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA) conducts research to study and understand the relationship between the marine environment and human societies. The center focuses on understanding the complexity of the past to put the present into context. SCMA, a joint effort between Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) and the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego, draws on expertise in a wide range of fields including oceanography, acoustics, sedimentology, geomorphology, climate sciences, environmental sciences, anthropology and archaeology. The goal is to develop a greater understanding of maritime culture in its broadest sense.
SCMA’s mission is to investigate, understand and communicate the intersections, interactions and interconnections between people and the sea through time, seeking a holistic, interdisciplinary understanding of marine, coastal, and environmental archaeology – and thus helping to advance marine archaeology as a field.Read More
The center envisions serving as the central research authority and institutional platform for students, faculty and other researchers working on understanding the relationship between people and the sea, as well as climate and environments worldwide.Read More
Expeditions are carried out in connection with one (or more) of the research projects that make up the near-term agenda of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA) and its collaborators. Based on initial projects given the green light by SCMA leadership, the following six projects are underway, but subject in some cases to further fundraising to support field expeditions scheduled primarily for the 2017-2019 period.Read More