Born in Israel, Jacob (Koby) Sharvit studied at The Fredy & Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning a Bachelor of Science in Archeology and Geography. He then went on to earn a Masters in Archaeology and Geography at the Department of Maritime Civilizations at Haifa University.

Koby began working as an underwater archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in 1990. In 2005, he became the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU). He specializes in maritime archaeology, with a special interest in shipwrecks, harbors, ancient seaborne trade routes and economy in the Eastern Mediterranean, and deep-sea remote sensing surveys.

Over the last 30 years, Koby has participated in many land and underwater archaeological projects and surveys in Israel. Between 2000 and 2002, he was a member of the UNESCO Israeli delegation for the “convention for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage” and took part in many other UNESCO, EU, and Blue Med Economy projects including Byzantion, EastMed’s project focusing on Eastern Mediterranean Sea Research, and DiveSafe EASME. He has also participated in numerous national and international conferences, meetings, and symposia focused on underwater archaeology, management, and monitoring including TROPIS, Theracia-Pontica, ASOR, and AIA. Finally, Koby has published many scientific articles and reports and his work has been featured in museum exhibitions.

In his personal time, Koby is always near water. He’s a commercial diver fluent in closed-circuit rebreathers (CCRs) and trimix diving. He’s also a yacht/boat skipper.


New light on King Herod’s Harbor at Caesarea Maritima

Beginning in 2014, the Israel Antiquities Authority initiated an ambitious digital archaeology project to create a high-resolution 3D map of the submerged ancient port of Caesarea Maritima, Israel.

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Dr. Bridget Buxton is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Rhode Island. She holds degrees from Victoria University in Wellington (M.A. with distinction) and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are underwater archaeology, and Hellenistic and Roman history and archaeology, especially the Age of Augustus. Bridget has conducted fieldwork and led expeditions all around the Mediterranean, most recently in Israel with the IAA Maritime Unit at Akko and Caesarea. She collaborates with Croatian and other European and American colleagues to apply new robotic technologies in underwater archaeology and is an archaeological advisor for Oceangate Foundation.


Rescue excavation of a 1,600-year-old Roman merchantman

After winter storms scoured away sand from around the ancient harbor of Caesarea Maritima, Israel, local scuba divers came across the remnants of an ancient Roman merchant ship.

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