About Sarah

Indiana Sarah Blog - Sarah Ward Maritime Archaeologist

Well hello…

Welcome to Indiana Sarah, the site I created to inspire adventures in archaeology.

I’m Sarah Ward.

That’s me in the photo.

I’m a maritime archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 16 years’ cultural heritage experience, both on land and (predominately) underwater. I’ve dug, dived and discovered my way around the world and have worked on sites from the Bronze Age to the Modern in over 30 countries.

Now based in China, I am a Professor of Maritime Archaeology at Dalian Maritime University an Ocean Discovery Fellow at MIT, am a Senior Tutor with the Nautical Archaeology Society, a UNESCO-recognised Expert and a Researcher in Underwater Cultural Heritage at Universiteit Leiden.

I’ve searched for shipwrecks in Sri Lanka, taught maritime archaeology in Taiwan, chased Kilwa coins in Australia’s top end, and been crowned a ‘Moon Queen’ in the jungles of Panama, so I definitely have some stories to tell!

When I am not off on some mad adventure, I currently split my time between Sydney and Dalian. In case you are wondering where Dalian is, it is the southern-most city on China’s Liaodong Peninsula which divides the Bohai and Yellow Seas. It is a historic, strategic maritime port city with evidence of human interaction with the sea, dating back almost 6,000 years!

I have about 200 reports and publications to my name, enjoy sharing both my maritime archaeology expertise with clients and students, and my love of the subject with the audiences large and small. I have written for a number leading academic and popular publications and also working on a documentary, although it is early days, so watch this space!

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Dive in and enjoy!

(c) Indiana Sarah 2019