A Leap of Faith!


Well, hello! Welcome to Indiana Sarah, a blog inspiring adventures in archaeology. I may not be leaping from a lion’s head to prove my worth Indiana Jones style, but I am taking a giant leap of faith. Why? This is my first blog post and I’m on a mission to prove that our past is both important and interesting!

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 my own adventures in archaeology 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.

So, who am I?

I’m Sarah Ward, Professor of Maritime Archaeology.

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

I’m a Foreign Expert at the Maritime History and Culture Research Centre, Dalian Maritime University. I am also an Ocean Discovery Fellow at MIT, a Senior Tutor with the Nautical Archaeology Society, UNESCO Expert and Researcher in Underwater Cultural Heritage at Universiteit Leiden.

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Big thanks to Michaela Skovranova for this fantastic photo. It was taken at Pittwater on Sydney’s northern beaches, just as I made my first splash of the day to explore an unmapped shipwreck reef!



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.


'A Leap of Faith!' 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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