The first response to me saying “I’m an underwater archaeologists” is usually: “Wow, that’s such a cool job!” Being socially inept, this statement is usually followed by an awkward silence while I struggle to think of something to say to keep the conversation going. I know it’s my turn to talk, but my conversational skills don’t really extend beyond “Hello”. Fortunately, most people aren’t burdened with this affliction and whoever I’m speaking to usually tries to save the day. Unfortunately, the next question is usually along the lines of “so what is it that underwater archaeologists actually do? It’s about rocks and stuff isn’t it?”
Well, no, it isn’t about rocks and stuff, but it’s an unusual enough profession for most people to not know too much about it. So, I have realised, it’s probably a good idea to try to change that and so this blog will try to explain what it is that we do and will keep those of you interested in what we do, updated with projects and other cool activities that fill up our days. It’s even more exciting than you think and it’ll surprise you to learn how extensively our lives are influenced by things that have happened in the past. If you’re thinking “yeah, right…” you need to keep coming back and check out the stories and histories. There’ll be pictures, videos and a ton of other things to keep you amused. You’ll also have the opportunity to comment, question or make my life miserable if you so choose.