XV Doctoral Workshop in Archaeology

Nautical and maritime archaeology

5JUNE - 8JUNE 2023

COORD.: Dirce MARZOLI (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Madrid) and Gwladys BERNARD (EHEHI-Casa de Velázquez, Madrid)

ORG.:  Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Madrid), École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid)

DATES: From 5 to 8 June 2023


  • Instituto Arqueológico Alemán, C/ Serrano 159, 28002 Madrid
  • Casa de Velázquez, C/ de Paul Guinard 3, 28040 Madrid





Since 2006, the topics for the workshop for doctoral students, which the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid (DAI) and Casa de Velázquez (CVZ) have been organising on a regular basis, vary annually. The central theme of the next workshop is nautical and maritime archaeology. It will cover the study of shipwrecks and other archaeological-maritime contexts, as well as questions of economics, urban planning, logistics, technology and even geography and climatology related to maritime archaeology, in addition to the relevant contributions of experimental archaeology.

Geographically, our interest is limited to the central and western Mediterranean, as well as the Atlantic coast of Europe and northwest Africa.

The chronological framework is from the first millennium BC to the 6th century AD.

This workshop is aimed particularly at PhD students in Archaeology, Ancient History, Architecture and Physical and Natural Sciences in relation to the Human Sciences, from universities or research centres throughout Europe and the Maghreb. The aim is to create a space for the exchange of experiences and the analysis of practices and methodologies in the different research traditions.

In this way, each participant will have the opportunity to become actively involved in the exchange of information, presenting their doctoral research topic in relation to the theme of the workshop, and contributing their point of view to the collective reflection.

Leading researchers contribute to the workshop as mentors, representing various disciplines: maritime and nautical archaeology, economy and maritime commerce, underwater archaeology, port archaeology, ancient history and experimental archaeology, bringing their expertise and mastery of their disciplines to the workshop.

Sessions will take place alternately at Casa de Velázquez and German Archaeological Institute.


Renowned researchers will participate in the workshop as tutors. These tutors will represent different disciplines: underwater archaeology, maritime and nautical archaeology, maritime economics and trade, port archaeology, ancient history and experimental archaeology, lending their expertise and experiences in their respective fields to the workshop.

  • Darío Bernal Casasola
    Universidad de Cádiz
  • Giulia Boetto
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Camille Jullian, Aix-en-Provence
  • Carlos de Juan
    Universitat de València
  • Anna Salzano
    Università degli Studi di Salerno
  • Christoph Schäfer
    Universität Trier

Practical conditions

Sessions will take place alternately at Casa de Velázquez and German Archaeological Institute.

15 doctoral candidates chosen from the applicants based on the quality of their doctoral thesis will participate in the workshop. 

There are no inscription fees.

Candidates may apply until the 31 march 2023 (17ht, CET) through the online registration form.

Confirmation of admission or rejection of applicants will be communicated by e-mail.

The Casa de Velázquez will accommodate all chosen candidates from the 4th to the 9th of June 2023 (5 nights) who request to do so and do not reside in Madrid. Accommodation consists of a shared bedroom and includes breakfast. Lunch will also be included for all participants, both at the DAI and the Casa de Velázquez.

Travel and dinners (with the exception of the diner 7th June) will be at the doctoral student’s expense.

The Casa de Velázquez and the DAI-Madrid offer three scholarships with a maximum of 350€ for travel expenses that will only be available to doctoral candidates inscribed in a higher education institution of the Maghreb. 

Languages used during the workshop: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, English and Italian 





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