About Sarah

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I’m Sarah Ward.

I’m a maritime archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 16 years’ cultural heritage experience, predominately underwater. I’ve digged, 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. I also hold an Ocean Discovery Fellowship from MIT, am a Senior Tutor with the Nautical Archaeology Society, a UNESCO Expert and Researcher in Underwater Cultural Heritage at Universiteit Leiden.

My archaeology adventures have seen me dig, dive and discover my way around the world. Whether I’m searching for shipwrecks in Sri Lanka, teaching maritime archaeology in Taiwan, chasing Kilwa coins in Australia’s top end, or being crowned Moon Queen in the jungles of Panama, 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 this, it is the southern-most city China’s Liaodong Peninsula which divides the Bohai and Yellow Seas.  I love sharing my expertise with clients and students, sharing my love of maritime archaeology with the audiences of various media, and writing for leading academic and popular publications. Oh and I am also working on a documentary, although it is early days, so watch this space!

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