Dr Jon Henderson is an archaeologist with a focus on the potential of coastal and marine heritage to lead research that addresses the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. He has specific research interests in coastal societies, submerged settlements, underwater archaeology and the development of innovative digital techniques for the survey and presentation of underwater cultural heritage. He is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre and a Chancellor’s Fellow in Global Challenges at the University of Edinburgh. He has directed projects in the UK, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and China. He is currently leading a Newton Fund project in Egypt called Presence in the Past which aims to utilise Egyptian marine cultural heritage in an educational and public setting using 3D VR technologies. Recently Jon was part of the UNESCO delegation at the United Nations Ocean Conference supporting the implementation of SDG 14 ‘Life Below Water’ where he presented on the role marine cultural heritage can play in the sustainable development of the oceans.
Jon is the Principal Investigator (PI) and he has overall responsibility for pulling the strands of the network together and ensuring that all project outcomes are delivered. He also oversees the Rising from the Depths Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) Useable Past online platform. His scoping work focuses on applications of MCH in a wider developmental context.