Welcome to Wreck Watch International
About Wreck Watch Int.Wreck Watch Int. is a London-based consultancy specialising in global maritime heritage. With a booming demography and coastal development, marine construction, fisheries, sport divers, shipwreck explorers, looters and the cutting of oil pipelines and cable lines are exerting ever-increasing pressures on shorelines and offshore waters.
Wreck Watch Int. casts a spotlight on the threats to shipwrecks in deep and shallow waters and on submerged harbours and provides professional contractual services concerning the character, interpretation, risk and management of underwater cultural heritage:
- Desk-Based Site Assessments
- Field Evaluations
- Project Designs
- Historical Research
- Fieldwork Direction
- Site Monitoring
- Post-Fieldwork Analyses
- Scientific and Popular Report Writing and Publication
- Media work
A central objective of Wreck Watch is to serve as a bridge between academic research, the private sector, industry and the general public for purposes of mainstream education, understanding and entertainment. The underwater world should be a demystified, non-exclusive realm accessible to all. Wreck Watch thus offers consultancy services in these fields of publicity and media perception.
Dr. Sean Kingsley, Director of Wreck Watch, has 22 years of experience working in marine archaeology, specialising in the recording and interpretation of shipwrecks, harbours, pottery and trade patterns. With a doctorate from Oxford University, and as a former visiting research fellow of Reading University, he has consulted as far a field as Montenegro and Israel, where he discovered the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 'Solomonic' port of Dor. He has worked in ancient harbours containing material culture varying in date from 1800 BC to the modern day and on Canaanite, Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, medieval and post-medieval wrecks.
For eight years as Managing Editor of Minerva, the international review of ancient art and archaeology, Sean focused on popularising the past. For the last two years he has consulted for the deep-sea commercial archaeology company Odyssey Marine Exploration. He has published extensively in both scientific and popular media and is the author of seven books. His research has been profiled on television on the History and Discovery Channels and the BBC.