Taking a Plunge!

Indiana Sarah - Sarah Ward, Maritime Archaeologist plunging into the water at Pittwater on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo by Michaela Skovranova.

Well, hello! Welcome to Indiana Sarah, a blog designed to inspire adventures in archaeology. I may not be leaping from a lion’s head like Indiana Jones, but I am taking a giant leap of faith…

Why? I’m on a mission to prove that archaeology is exciting and, I hope that by sharing my own adventures with you, that I might help to inspire some of your own!

So, whether you are a scuba diver, travel buff, outdoor enthusiast, culture vulture, armchair adventurer, or your interest is limited to, well, reading this, Indiana Sarah has archaeology adventures – guaranteed!

I’m going to open up and share some of my own stories with you, so that you can see exactly what’s possible and dig, dive, discover your own way around the world.

In time, you’ll get:

  • updates from the field;
  • ramblings about my research;
  • interviews with trowel-blazing archaeologists;
  • invitations to my dirty weekends, where you can try a trowel on for size;
  • archaeology news and views from around the world;
  • access to the ‘test pit’ where I trial new equipment;
  • project and training opportunities; and
  • free downloadable resources.

Why am I doing this? Because I’m a big believer in access for all, preservation through education and that the past holds the key to our future.

I also know that it’s not my heritage, or your heritage, but our heritage and it’s our collective responsibility to preserve it for present and future generations. As the might Jacques Cousteau pointed out, we only protect what we care about, so in some small way I’m hoping that I can encourage you to care about it too!

So, who am I?

I’m Sarah Ward.

That’s me in the photo.

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

A Visiting Professor at Dalian Maritime University‘s Maritime History and Culture Research Centre, I am also an MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, a Nautical Archaeology Society Senior Tutor, UNESCO Expert and Researcher in Underwater Cultural Heritage at Universiteit Leiden. Oh, and a 2-time Telstra Women’s Awards nominee.

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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.


'Taking a Plunge!' have 2 comments

  1. February 2, 2015 @ 00:31 Bob Sheppard

    Hi Sarah, well done for creating a blog! As a practitioner with a commitment to public archaeology I believe blogs provide us with an opportunity to engage the public. I look forward to following your adventures.
    Kind regards
    Bob Sheppard
    Archaeologist and Heritage Consultant
    Heritage Detection Australia

    • February 2, 2015 @ 01:43 Sarah

      Cheers Bob, thanks so much! I really appreciate the feedback. This is something I’m really passionate about. After all, its not my heritage or your heritage, its humanity’s heritage and everyone should be able to enjoy and engage with it. Great job on your blog too 🙂


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