Maritime archaelogists study remains left behind by humans by diving down and examining them. But maritime archaeology is so much more than shipwrecks.

Under the surface of the water, the archaeologists can discover just about anything – settlements, forts, piers, U-boats and planes. The finds are documented by the archaeologist divers with the help of technical instruments on a boat.

They then interpret the material and try to create an image of the objects themselves and an idea of the historical context in which they existed.

The National Maritime Museums employ maritime archaeologists who take part in investigations throughout Sweden. They dive in lakes and seas, often when new harbours, bridges and other lakeside buildings are to be built.

The work of a maritime archaeologist