Diving into the Past with the BBC


Last week I mentioned that I was asked by the BBC to be part of  The Conversation, a radio program in which presenter  Kim Chakanetsa facilitates a conversation between two women from different cultures about their paths to success in the same field, in this case in the field of maritime archaeology.

Well this week the program went to air…!

Jo Sakhanapnasit (Thailand’s first female Maritime Archaeologist) and I talk frankly about everything from being a water baby (me), to how a girl from the mountains who couldn’t swim, learned to dive (her), how we both started in maritime archaeology (and why), the challenges we faced as women (none), the wrecks we’ve have worked on, our mutual bikini crises and so much more.

If you have any interest in diving, shipwrecks or maritime archaeology, please tune in and tell us what you think. It runs for about half an hour. You can play the program above or find it online here.

You can also follow my adventures in archaeology on Twitter or Instagram.

A big thank must go to the BBC World Service, Producer Joanna Impey, Presenter Kim Chakanetsa and of course, my co-conversationalist, Maritime Archaeologist, Jo Sakhanapnasit, for making this happen. Cover image by Michaela Skovranova.



About Sarah Ward

I’m Sarah Ward, an archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 15 years experience, both in and out of the water. I’ve investigated sites ranging from the Bronze Age to the modern, across more than 20 countries. I am on a mission to bring archaeology to a broader audience, helping people to connect with the past in a meaningful way.


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