Dr Edward Pollard (Ted) is a maritime archaeologist and geoarchaeologist who has worked around the Mediterranean, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. He was Assistant Director at the British Institute in Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2013 to 2015. As a collaborator with Urithi Wetu project, Ted uses coastal and intertidal survey, marine geophysics and diving to investigate how environmental changes have affected coastal settlement and resource exploitation along the coast of Tanzania. His interests are in ports examining what they had to offer as harbours, as sources of desirable raw materials, as places of welcome and respite from the rigours of sea travel, and what they now provide as sites of cultural heritage and identity construction. Ted’s contribution to Urithi Wetu project will improve our knowledge of the impact of climate and sea-level change on cultural heritage resources located along the Swahili coast in Tanzania.
Previously, Ted worked as a marine archaeologist within the Archaeology Department of Orkney College UHI in Scotland. He studied Archaeology and Geology at the University of Bristol (BA 1997) and subsequently worked as an archaeological consultant in Perth, Western Australia. He studied Maritime Archaeology at the University of Ulster (MSc 2000), after which he joined the Archaeological Diving Company working in diverse underwater environments around Ireland, including medieval bridge at John’s Bridge in the River Nore in Kilkenny and raising of a Bronze Age dugout canoe in the Irish Sea near Gormanston, Co. Louth. He participated in archaeological projects around East Africa for the British Institute in Eastern Africa, and the Middle East for Institut Français d’Archaéologie Orientale in Cairo and the Oman Maritime Heritage Project at Qalhat. In 2007 he completed his PhD, on Maritime Archaeological Investigations of the Swahili Coast, concentrating on the Medieval period in the Kilwa and Bagamoyo areas of Tanzania. Following his PhD, he taught underwater archaeology at the Sanisera field school in Menorca between 2008 and 2010, along with further research projects including the Soil Analysis Support System for Archaeology at the University of Stirling, and the shipwreck inventory for the Underwater Archaeology Unit in Dublin.