OZTek - diving information & inspiration - Matt Carter

Matt Carter is the leading technical diving maritime archaeologist in Australasia and is passionate about furthering the links between academic archaeological research and the technical diving community to explore shipwrecks outside of recreational diving limits.

His journey started in 2009 when he was awarded the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society's (OWUSS) Australasian Rolex Scholarship – the first New Zealander, and maritime archaeologist, to receive this prestigious award. Matt spent the next 12 months working with maritime archaeologists in 10 different countries on projects ranging from the excavations of a 2800-year-old Phoenician shipwreck in Spain and a submerged fortified Bronze Age village in Lithuania, to mapping ancient Mayan skeletons in sacred cenotes in Mexico.

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Matt decided to combine his archaeological training with his growing interest in technical diving, undertaking his CCR trimix and cave diving certifications in 2010. 

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Matt is currently completing a PhD, where he is the primary investigator for ‘The First Ships Project’, investigating the archaeology of the earliest ships built in New Zealand.He is also leading a project to work collaboratively with technical divers to 3D map deep shipwrecks around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed publications, a vice president of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Executive, and the New Zealand representative on the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH), as well as a member of the Explorers Club and the Maritime Archaeological Association of New Zealand.

Most recently, Matt was a specialist presenter on the television series ‘Coast: New Zealand’, a spin-off from the BBC-produced UK series ‘Coast’..

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