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Holly Perdue

Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Nautical Archaeology
First Year In the Program


Holly Perdue’s research interest centers on ancient warfare. Her Master of Arts thesis in History discussed ancient supply and communication specifically related to the Julio-Claudian armies serving on the northern frontier and she aimed to deduce the degree of power held by the leading commanders, legati. She intends to incorporate her historical background, classical training, and archaeological fieldwork into studying various aspects of classical marine warfare. As a secondary passion, she is interested in conducting underwater investigations on the California Channel Islands. She plans to examine the many ships deposited on the coastal seafloor, which were traveling to or from these islands and understand how the arrival of these vessels spawned coastal migration. With her vast diving background, including trimix, cave, and scientific diving certifications, she plans to lead the first underwater investigations on the CA Channel Islands.