Prof. Timmy Gambin

Prof. Timmy Gambin

Prof. Timmy Gambin


Associate Professor

Archaeology Centre
University of Malta
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I am an Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta, from where I obtained a B.A. in History. Following my undergraduate studies, I went on to attain an M.A. in Maritime Archaeology and History at the University of Bristol in the UK where I continued my postgraduate studies by reading for a doctorate in Maritime Archaeology. Since 2001, I have been a visiting lecturer at the department and took up a full time post as Senior Lecturer in spring of 2012.

Over the past years, I have been involved in numerous collaborative research projects. The PaleoMed Project with the CNRS (Aix en Provence) is aimed at the reconstruction of ancient coastal landscapes and environments of the Maltese Islands. The multidisciplinary approach sees archaeologists working together with geomorphologists and palynologists. The Ancient Cisterns Project with CalPoly (USA) explores underground water management systems through the use of small remote operated vehicles armed with a variety of sensors. Together with a number of local partners and authorities, I also directed numerous offshore underwater surveys in various parts of the Mediterranean including Spain, Italy and Croatia.

I have recently edited and published a volume of essays related to the Maltese Islands and the Sea.
  • The use of technologies for underwater exploration.
  • Aviation Archaeology Underwater
  • Coastal reconstruction.
  • The archaeology of ancient ports and trade.
  • Historical Archaeology.
  • Maritime traditions of the Mediterranean.

Marriner, N., Gambin, T., Djamali, M., Morhange, C. & Spiteri, M. 2012, "
Geoarchaeology of the Burmarrad ria and early Holocene human impacts in western Malta ", Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 339-341, no. 3, pp. 52--65.

Gambin, T., Clark, C. (et al) 2010, "The Malta Cistern Mapping Project: Underwater Robot Mapping and Localization within Ancient Tunnel Systems ", Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 399--411.

Gambin, T. 2004, "Gambin, T. (2004) Ports and port structures for ancient Malta", La structure des ports anciens et des points d'abordage, Rome, Italy – April 2004, ed. Gallina Zevi, A. and Turchetti, R., Rubettino Editore, Italy, 2004, pp. 159.

Gambin, T. 2004, "Islands of the Middle Sea: an archaeology of a coastline ", Le contexte physique et territorial des ports anciens et des points d'abordages, Alicante, Spain, ed. De Maria, L. and Turchetti, R., Rubettino Editore, Italy, 2003, pp. 127.

Gambin, T. 2004, "Malta and the Mediterranean shipping lanes in the Middle Ages ", Rotte e porti del Mediterrane dopo la caduta dell’impero Romano d’ccidente, eds. L. De Maria & R. Turchetti, Rubettino, Italy, 2004, pp. 115.

Brebbia, C. and Gambin, T. (ed) 2003, Maritime Heritage, 1st edn, WIT Press, United.

Gambin, T. 2003, "Chapels and Navigation in Medieval Gozo ", SOMA 2002-Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology Proceedings of the 6th Annual Meeting of Postgraduate Researchers, ed. Brysbaert et al (eds.), Archaeopress, Oxford, 2002, pp. 35.

  • ARC2047 - Principles of Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • ARC3001 - Port Cities of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • ARC3022 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Archaeology
  • ARC3101 - An Introduction to the Port Cities of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • ARC5000 - Archaeology and the Sea - Theory and Methods
  • ARC5001 - Archaeology of Maritime Mobility
  • ARC5002 - Conservation and Management of Maritime Cultural Heritage
  • ARC5003 - Power Projection and the Maritime World
  • ARC5004 - Manifestations of Maritime Culture: Objects, Voices and Landscapes
  • ARC5006 - Fieldwork
  • ATS5503 - The Mediterranean: Crossroads of Civilizations
  • ATS5510 - Technology and Mediterranean Societies
  • EMP1002 - Science and Society
  • EMP1006 - The Mediterranean Basin: A Regional Perspective
In June 2015, Prof. Timmy Gambin was awarded the 'Medal of Merit for Polish Culture' for his work on the discovery and exploration
of ORP Kujiawak, a Polish Navy destroyer lost off Malta in June 1942.