Jon Henderson is an archaeologist with specific research interests in submerged settlements, coastal societies, maritime archaeology and the development of innovative techniques for the survey and presentation of underwater sites. He is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre and an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. He has directed projects in the UK, Greece, Italy, Jamaica and China. He is currently leading an academic network entitled ‘Rising from the Depths’ which aims to use marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits in the region. 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 directed field operations during the Thistlegorm Project and worked with Mike Postons capturing 360 video of the wreck. Jon is the British Director of the Thistlegorm Project and is the UK Principle Investigator on the Newton-Mosharafa funded Presence in the Past Project of which it is a part. This wider project aims to survey Egyptian maritime archaeological sites and present them to public and professional audiences through 3D digital modelling and Virtual Reality presentation.