Marine Archaeology is a perspective for analyzing the archaeological record that requires an interdisciplinary perspective. Given its history and expertise on all things marine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography has the knowledge to help students understand the marine environment, while the Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego has the knowledge to help students understand the social context.

Individuals with a Bachelor's degree who are interested in Marine Archaeology can pursue a Ph.D. through either the SIO or the Anthropology tracks (see respective websites), under the mentorship of Faculty affiliated to the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. The mentor and the student will work together to identify the particular route of learning, tailored to the individual research direction the student wishes to pursue. We offer a variety of courses designed to train students in different practical and theoretical topics that will give them the tools to explore Marine Archaeology in high detail. Starting from our yearly course on Introduction to Maritime Archaeology (ANAR 164 / SIO 164) to our Scientific Diving Certificate Program, students will be able to undertake graduate research in the context of the Natural and Social Sciences.



  1. ANAR 164. Maritime Archaeology—Method, Theory, and Practice in Global Perspective (4):
    Maritime archaeology provides unique access to environmental and cultural data concerning human adaptation to climate and environmental change. This course presents an overview of the methods, theories, and practice of maritime archaeology. Topics include environmental characteristics of marine settings (coasts and underwater); drowned landscapes; maritime culture, ports, and navigation; methods of research in underwater settings; and legislative issues regarding underwater and coastal heritage. Students may not receive credit for both ANAR 164 and SIO 164. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
  2. ANAR 165. Marine and Coastal Archaeology and the Biblical Seas (4):
    This course will follow the interaction between humans and the sea in cultures that formed the biblical world of the second and first millennium BCE: the Canaanites, Israelites, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Philistines, and cultures of the Aegean Sea. Themes discussed will be maritime matters in the Canaanite and biblical narrative, key discoveries in maritime coastal archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, shipwrecks: Canaanite, Phoenician, and Aegean, Egyptian ports, and Egyptian sea adventures. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.


  1. ANTH 265. Marine and Coastal Archaeology: Israel and the Neighboring Lands (4):
    The seminar will follow recent advances and key discoveries in the coastal and maritime archaeology of Israel and the eastern Mediterranean from the Neolithic period to the end of the classical period. Topics include methodologies of underwater excavations and surveys, sunken Neolithic villages of the Carmel coast, archaeology and geoarchaeology of Canaanite and Phoenician harbors, shipwrecks of the eastern Mediterranean and maritime trade, the Anthropocene, sea level changes, and paleoclimate. Prerequisites: graduate standing.