Ocean Past | Flanders Marine Institute

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Ocean Past

The research on Ocean Past includes the fields of continental shelf prehistoric research and marine and maritime archaeology and history. We aim to reconstruct and interlink landscape change with faunal and floral assemblages and prehistoric archaeology of people who lived and migrated across the continental shelf, land now submerged beneath the sea.

Marine and maritime archaeology covers research on past human structures in, at or under the sea. Research on underwater cultural heritage will improve policy application, e.g. related to the obligations under UNESCO and will inform stakeholders in Marine Spatial Planning. Maritime historic research will improve our understanding of past maritime human activities in the North Sea region or involving Flemish seafarers and harbours. Ocean past offers an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary research between exact sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

For more detailed information on our Ocean Past research we refer to the VLIZ Research Strategy.