Mike Belasus, Dr. Phil.

Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen

Name of photographer: Aoife Daly

Name of photographer: Aoife Daly

Mike Belasus is an archaeologist and joined the TIMBER-project on May 1st, 2018. From 1999 until 2005 He studied archaeology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel/Germany, with the minors Botany and Geology, were he also earned his qualification as a scientific diver. He finished his studies in Kiel with a thesis on the 12th century Möweninsel-Ship. After his graduation, he joined the department for preventive archaeology of the federal state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania/Germany in underwater archaeology. Since 2008, he participated in a number of different research-projects on Medieval and Early Modern ship-archaeological topics at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Frankfurt am Main, the German Maritime Museum and Leibniz Research Institute for German Seafaring (DSM) in Bremerhaven and the Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research (NihK) in Wilhelmshaven/Germany. In 2015, he received his Doctor Philosopiae from the University of Rostock with a thesis on “Tradition and change in Early Modern clinker-shipbuilding in the Baltic Sea”.

The most relevant publications 

Belasus, M., 2018. Those Bits and Pieces from the Baltic Shores: evidence for medieval shipping along the German Baltic Sea coast from the 12th to the 15th century. In: Litwin, Jerzey and Ossowski, Waldemar (Ed.), The Baltic and beyond. Proceedings of the 14th international Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology. Gdańsk 2015 (Gdańsk 2018) 33-38. 

Belasus, M., 2017. Connecting Maritime Landscapes. Or: Early Modern News from two former ‘Baltic Cogs’ (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany). In: Gawronski, Jerzey; van Holk, André; Schokkenbroek, Joost (Eds.), Ships and Maritime Landscapes. Proceedings of the 13th international Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology. Amsterdam 2012 (Amsterdam 2017) 179-184. 

Belasus, M., 2017, Historical Ship Archaeology in the Shadow of Historism and Nationalism. A German Perspective. In: Brooks, Alasdair and Mehler, Natascha (Eds.), The Country where my Heart is. Historical Archaeologies of Nationalism and National Identity (Gainesville 2017) 222-241.

Daly, A. and Belasus, M., 2016. The Dating of Poel 11 and Hiddensee 12, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany. The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 45, 2016, 2, 170-174.

Belasus, M., 2014. Tradition und Wandel im neuzeitlichen Klinkerschiffbau der Ostsee am Beispiel der Schiffsfunde Poel 11 und Hiddensee 12 aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Dissertation University of Rostock (Rostock 2014).

Belasus, M., 2012. The Great Nordic War Underwater – A Swedish Ship Barrier of 1715 in Northeast Germany. In: Mehler, Natascha, Historical Archaeology in Central Europe. Special Publication Number 10. Society for historical archaeology (Rockville 2012).

Belasus, M., 2009.Das hochmittelalterliche Schiff von der Möweninsel. In: Müller, Ulrich; Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Huber, Florian (Hrsg.), Zwischen Nord- und Ostsee 1997-2007. Zehn Jahre Arbeitsgruppe für maritime und limnische Archäologie (AMLA) in Schleswig-Holstein (Bonn 2009) 89-98.

Auer, J. and Belasus, M., 2008. The British Brig Water Nymph or…even an Englishman cannot take the liberty to deride a civil servant on German soil. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 37, 1, 130-141.