National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Bridget Buxton

Affiliation: University of Rhode Island

Dr. Bridget Buxton is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Rhode Island. She holds degrees from Victoria University in Wellington (M.A. with distinction) and a Ph.D from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are underwater archaeology, and Hellenistic and Roman history and archaeology, especially the Age of Augustus. Bridget has conducted fieldwork and led expeditions in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, and on deep sea projects. She currently collaborates with colleagues on three continents to apply new advanced and affordable technologies in underwater archaeology.


A medieval map in Vienna, sunken Roman ruins off the coast of Tanzania, and a remote tropical archipelago where outsiders are forbidden: they are all clues to the origins of European maritime exploration and trade in the Indian Ocean. This lecture tells the story of how archaeology is beginning to reconstruct the history behind ancient legends of the ‘forbidden voyage’ between Southern Africa and the Far East.

New excavations at the biblical site of King Herod’s harbor in Caesarea have transformed our understanding of one of the ancient world’s greatest engineering achievements.

An updated survey of some of the most exciting things in underwater archaeology we haven’t found yet, and thoughts on how we’re going to find them.


See Bridget Buxton's work in the American Journal of Archaeology.

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