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Olivia Thomas

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


I graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a B.A. in anthropology, Classical art & archaeology, and underwater archaeology, a minor in medieval studies, and a certificate in underwater resource management. While at IU I participated in archaeological projects in Indiana, Greece, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic. I earned my M.A. in maritime history, focusing on foodways artifacts from 18th century Spanish shipwrecks, from East Carolina University in 2017. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Nautical Archaeology where my research focuses on life on board ships and cultural exchange in the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries. My other research interests include foodways, material culture studies, maritime cultural landscapes, the role of women on sailing ships, and the iconography of ships and maritime communities.