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Dr Julian Jansen Van Rensburg

Research Interests

My specialisms lie in underwater archaeology, maritime ethnography and the typology of traditional boats of the Near and Middle East.  I have participated in and managed projects in Iceland, Ukraine, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait and Oman. 

My research interests include island and coastal archaeology, Indian Ocean trade networks in Antiquity and the Islamic Period, rock art studies, GIS applications in archaeology, landscape archaeology and cultural heritage management.

More specifically, I am interested in:

• The role of island and coastal communities in our understanding of the transmission and development of cultural traditions, ideologies and technologies especially in relation to Indian Ocean trade during the Late Antique and Islamic periods.

• Utilising the remote sensing of satellite imagery and aerial photography for investigating archaeological landscapes, with an emphasis on agricultural and water management systems.


• Utilising rock art and rock art sites to investigate concepts of place and space within the landscape.