Diving into the Past


A few weeks ago I was asked by the BBC to be part of a very special program called The Conversation in which Kim Chakanetsa talks to two women from different cultures about their paths to success in the same field.  Over a dozen women from almost as many countries were interviewed for the program and it was an absolute honour to be selected.

During ‘Diving into the Past’ we talked about everything from how we got into maritime archaeology, to what it is like being a female on a dive boat (think ‘bikini crisis’) to dive safety, motivations and much, much more.

For me, the best part about the whole experience was getting to know Jo Sakhanaprasit and to hear first-hand how a girl from the mountains grew to be Thailand’s first female maritime archaeologist (and how two women from different parts of the world who have never met have had remarkably similar experiences).

So, if you have any interest in diving, shipwrecks or maritime archaeology, please tune in and tell us what you think. You can play the program in Soundcloud (link above) or find it online here.

A big thank to the BBC World Service, Producer Joanna Impey, Presenter Kim Chakanetsa and of course, Jo, for making this such a wonderful way to pass the time.

Thanks also to fab photographer Michaela Skovranova for the cover image. It is another one for our dive into Pittwater on Sydney’s northern beaches.



About Sarah Ward

I’m Sarah Ward, a maritime archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 16 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. A Visiting Professor at Dalian Maritime University and MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, 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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