Sara Rich - Coastal Carolina University
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Sara Rich

Assistant Professor, HTC Honors College

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Dr. Sara Rich is an art historian and maritime archaeologist who dabbles in wood science, studio art, and speculative fiction. Her book, Cedar Forests, Cedar Ships: Allure, Lore and Metaphor in the Mediterranean Near East (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017) applies object-oriented ontology to the complex relationships between ancient shipbuilding and forests that supplied ships’ timbers. Her latest project, Shipwreck Hauntography: Underwater Ruins and the Uncanny (Amsterdam University Press, 2021), uses artistic, scientific, and philosophical forms of inquiry to help resolve common problems in nautical archaeology and to establish a stronger interface between art and archaeology underwater. She is also author of a new work of creative nonfiction, Closer to Dust (Punctum, 2021), and Mushroom, forthcoming from the Bloomsbury series, Object Lessons.

Interesting Facts

Studies shipwrecks and submerged prehistoric landscapes

Teaching Areas

Sci-Art, Art History, Colonialism, Archaeology, Studio Art, Pseudoscience, Prehistory

Research Areas

Nautical Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Archaeological Theory, Art History, Studio Art, Speculative Philosophy, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Speculative Fiction

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