Franck Goddio

Research interests

Maritime archaeology, multi-disciplinary field methods, maritime trade in Asia

Co-founder of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Franck Goddio is the founder and president of the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine (IEASM), Paris, France and the Far Eastern Foundation for Nautical Archaeology (FEFNA), Manila, the Philippines.

Under Franck Goddio’s direction, the IEASM survey and excavation of the Eastern Harbour of Alexandria, in Egypt, resulted in the publication of the first map of the Portus Magnus in 1996. Goddio’s team also works in Aboukir Bay, east of Alexandria, exploring the submerged landscape there. The sites of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus have been explored and excavations and further survey are continuing.

Franck Goddio has excavated fifteen wrecks in the Philippines in collaboration with the National Museum of the Philippines: ten trading junks and native boats dating from the 11th to the 16th century; three Spanish galleons – the San Diego (1600), the Nuestra Señora de la Vida (17th century), the San José (1794), and two vessels of the British East India Company the Griffin (1761) and the Royal Captain (1773).

Selected publications

2011. Goddio, F. ‘Heracleion-Thonis and Alexandria, two ancient Egyptian Emporia’, in D. Robinson and A. Wilson (eds), Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology Monograph 6): 121–37. Oxford: OCMA.

2010. Goddio, F. ‘Geophysical Survey in the Submerged Canopic Region’, in D. Robinson and A. (eds) Alexandria and the North-Western Delta (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology Monograph 5): 3–13. Oxford: OCMA.

2010. Goddio, F. and Fabre, D. ‘The Development and Operation of the Portus Magnus in Alexandria: an Overview’, in D. Robinson and A. (eds) Alexandria and the North-Western Delta (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology Monograph 5): 53–74. Oxford: OCMA.

2007. Goddio, F. The Topography and Excavation of Heracleion-Thonis and East Canopus (1996-2006). Underwater Archaeology in the Canopic Region (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology Monograph 1). Oxford: OCMA.

2002. Goddio, F. et al. Lost at sea — The strange route of the Lena shoal Junk. London: Periplus.

In preparation:

Goddio, F. and Fabre, D. (eds), Alexandria. The Topography of the Portus Magnus. Underwater archaeology in the Eastern Port of Alexandria in Egypt. (Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology Monograph). Oxford: OCMA.

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