Project organization

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HUMA Maritime archaeology Gotland

Project team

The core of the  International project  team consists of

Göran Ankarlilja, AquaArkeologen, Sweden

Irina Vasilyeva, Nord Stream, Russia

Alexej Smirnow, Historical Expert and freelance journalist, Sweden

Project Advisory Committee

  • County Administrative Board of Gotland
  • County Museum of Gotland
  • Nord Stream
  • Södertörn University College

Projekt organisation


Göran Ankarlilja

Göran Ankarlilja: Born 1956, grew up in Linköping but has lived in Gotland half-life. Project manager of HUMA project since 2007.
I've been interested in ships and shipping and boating since my teenage years. I began working as a technician in the Air Force and was stationed in Gotland 1982-1986, was then a reserve officer for ten years when I started working as civil engineers. I started diving because of the interest in marine archeology and participated in dives at the wreck site of one of the ships from the Danish-Lübeck fleet in 1566 at the Brissund in the late 1980's. For some years in the early 1990s, I studied archeology at the University of Gotland in parallel with the work. I was also part owner of a dive center in the early 1990's, where we undertook some archaeological investigations but then went on to run the company AquaArkeologen Sverige. In the Marine Archaeological Society, I have been a member since 1989 and board member for many years and is now auditor. In the Gotlands Havsgille has been active since inception in 1998. My diving training is PADI DM and professional diving certificate A since the 1990s and the dive leader training conducted in the spring of 2012. In other ABC drivinglicense and navigation certificate.


Marie Jonsson

Marie Jonsson: Grew up and living on Gotland (island in the Baltic Sea) Diving since 1993. Involved in the HUMA project since 2007. 

After a long and colorful "non-career", in 2005 I made the decision to start working in commercial diving. While studying at the Norwegian Yrkesdykkerskole in Fagerstrand in Norway, we were not only introduced to commercial diving, one of the instructors talked enthusiastically about how he has been involved in a maritime archaeological survey several years earlier. That’s what kindled my interest in working with archeology underwater. After a season of dive work in Sundsvall, I started on the archeology program at Gotland University College, and before I even got a degree I had my first job as a maritime archaeologist. It would not have been possible without HUMA, AquaArkeologen and the local Society for Marine Archaeology, Gotlands Havsgille. I have now taken my masters degree in maritime archeology at Södertörn University College in Stockholm.

Long before that I had even begun with the more advanced scuba diving, so-called technical diving. I have explored several kilometers into the caves in Mexico and Lummelunda cave on the island of Gotland and I have training in trimix diving, ie. I use a gas other than air, to dive deep and be able to see all the amazing wrecks lying on the Baltic seabed. I now use rebreather, which allows me to stay down at depth even further. Beyond this, I am a sports diver instructor and even dive leader so you can safely say that the world beneath the surface is my life. As a matter of fact I am the only one in Sweden having all of these qualifications; degree in maritime archeology, deep diver and commercial diver.

Within the project I am responsible for producing maps, writing articles, editing movies, and helping to update the web site as well as the production of our publications since I have extensive experience in image editing and layout, albeit as a hobby. During the field period, I am the one in charge of everything related to diving, planning, security and implementation. My archaeological interest revolves around change and what causes changes in diverse fields. My master's thesis deals with factors affecting the technological development of the Gotland limestone handling between the 1600s and 1900s.


First news from the excavations

Time to start this year’s investigations of the Danish-Lübeck fleet

DVD - Construction of a cannon replica

An afternoon in the name of maritime archaeology…

Heritage underwater maritime archaeology Gotland