Maritime Anthropology

CRD15 Elective 2 ECTS
Period 1 week 09.11.2020 - 13.11.2020
Instructor Dr. Lara Hogg


The course is about the social and cultural dimensions of coastal communities through the lens of anthropology. The course focuses on the relationship between humans and the marine environment in contemporary and historical human cultures.
The course includes an examination of archaeological records, histories of environmental change, cultural heritage and the record from submerged landscapes and coastal sites. Attention will be paid to the conflicts of development vs. conservation and current threats to the coastal zones. Students will learn about anthropological theories, traditional and local knowledge, maritime history and folklore.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can explain academic concepts used to understand the anthropological dimensions of coastal and marine systems.
  • can describe the main legislation, methods, principles and techniques of underwater archaeological investigation
  • can explain how maritime and coastal heritage is presented to the public, and which conflicts occur regarding heritage and conservation
  • can explain international rules and treaties regarding marine resources and cultural heritage
  • can discuss challenges of connecting anthropological perspectives and the study of ecological systems.



Lara Hogg studied Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, gaining a first class BA (Hons) in 2010 and a MA (with distinction) in 2011. In 2015 she completed her AHRC funded PhD in North Atlantic Archaeology at Cardiff University. Whilst completing her PhD she was made a Visiting Researcher at the University of Iceland and a Visiting Scholar at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands.

She has worked as a Lecturer at the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Cardiff. Since 2016 she has been an Honorary Researcher at Cardiff University. She has worked as an Archaeologist in Portugal, Iceland and the UK and as an Archaeology Specialist at the Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavík City Museum.