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Adjunct lecturer in archaeology, Flinders University

Emily Jateff is an adjunct lecturer in archaeology at Flinders University. She is also the Curator of Ocean Science and Technology at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Emily fell in love with archaeology while down a Hellenistic well in Crete, and realising that people did this underwater, learned to dive, sorted undergraduate and graduate degrees in maritime archaeology, and completed a Master’s thesis on nineteenth-century subsistence whaling in North Carolina.

She likes kit and has operated terrestrial and marine magnetometers, ground penetrating radar, remotely-operated vehicles, and side-scan sonar, usually in bad weather and without spare batteries. She has managed laboratories, excavated people, helped make short films and conducted fieldwork on a variety of sites, including four dives to Titanic in a Mir submersible, and searching for shipwrecks on board RV Investigator.

Emily is an ardent supporter of community engagement, serving on the Board of the Australian Maritime Museums Council for eight years, as Chair of the Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology Scholarship Committee and on the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Advisory Committee. She recently received over $500,000 from Visions of Australia for a collaborative exhibition developed with, and touring to, regional maritime centres across Australia.


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    Adjunct lecturer in archaeology, Flinders University