Dr. Philipp


”As a scientist specialising in underwater archaeology and maritime archaeology and with a strong interest in maritime history, I cannot imagine a better place to work than the German Maritime Museum. Likewise, interdisciplinary research and the communication of science particularly appeals to me at the German Maritime Museum.“

Current position


Field of research
Wrecks, sunken landscapes, ports and harbour facilities, historical archaeology

Maritime archaeology, underwater archaeology, classical archaeology, scientific diving

Research project
North Sea Wrecks - An Opportunity for Blue Growth: Healthy Environment, Shipping, Energy Production and Transmission


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Curriculum Vitae

since 2018

Research assistant at the German Maritime Museum and the University of Bremen


Doctorate at the Institute for Pre- and Early History of the CAU in Kiel. Title of the dissertation: Late Hanseatic shipping in the North Atlantic from the 15th century to the 17th century. The maritime-archaeological potential of Hanseatic trading posts on the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands and Iceland based on archaeological and historical sources

2016 - 2017

Research assistant in the research project "Between North Sea and North Sea: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Hanseatic League", located at the German Maritime Museum

2013 - 2016

Research assistant and doctoral student at the Institute of Pre- and Early History at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, supported by the graduate school "human development in landscapes" of the CAU zu Kiel

2015 - 2018

Work as a research diver in various archaeological and interdisciplinary cooperation projects of the CAU zu Kiel, the Archaeological State Office of Schleswig-Holstein and the Institute for Pre- and Early History of the CAU zu Kiel


Training as a certified research diver at the research diving centre of the CAU in Kiel


Studies abroad at the Universidad de Cadiz/Spain. Funding through the European Socrates/Erasmus programme

Scientific publications

R. Edvardsson/P. Grassel

The Potential of Underwater Archaeology in the North Atlantic, in: N. Meher (Ed.) Between the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea. Interdisciplinary studies of the Hanseatic League (in press)


P. Grassel

Die späthansezeitliche Schifffahrt im Nordatlantik vom 15. Jahrhundert bis zum 17. Jahrhundert. Das maritim-archäologische Potenzial hansischer Handelsplätze auf den Shetland Inseln, den Färöer Inseln und Island anhand archäologischer und historischer Quellen (Dissertation, Universität Kiel, 2017)


J. Enzmann et al.

Underwater Archaeology in harsh conditions. Wreck-sites in Northern Germany surveyed and documented by the AMLA, in: J. Litwin (Ed.) Baltic and beyond. Change and continuity in shipbuilding. ISBSA - International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology 14 (Gdansk 2017) 293-300


P. Grassel

Late Hanseatic seafaring from Hamburg and Bremen to the North Atlantic Islands. With a marine archaeological excursus in the Shetland Islands, Skyllis, 15.2, 2015, S. 172-182


P. Grassel und J. Loose

“Wo sind all die Schiffe hin?” Mittelalterliche Wrackhölzer vom Fundplatz Stralsund-Frankenhof, in: F. Huber/S. Kleingärtner (Eds.) Gestrandet-Versenkt-Versunken. Faszination Unterwasserarchäologie (Hamburg/Neumünster 2014) 175-193


Working Group on Maritime and Limnetic Archaeology (AMLA) of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel

German Society for Archaeology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times (DGAMN)

German Society for the Promotion of Underwater Archaeology (DEGUWA)

Opening hours

currently closed

how to reach us

Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
D-27568 Bremerhaven


T. +49 471 482 07 0

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