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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

Looking In From The Edge (LIFTE) The impact of international commercialization on north-west Europe’s peripheral communities 1468-1712: production, commerce and consumption in Orkney and Shetland


Credit: DSM

Dr. Philipp Grassel

+49 471 482 07 15


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2021

Research assistant at the German Maritime Museum

2018 - 2021

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

2013 - 2017

Doctorate at the Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology of the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) Kiel

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 Protohistoric Archaeology of the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) 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 of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology of the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) 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


P. Grassel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Zwei Ziegelwracks in der Kieler Außenförde? Der Fund der MALIK und des 2-Anker Wacks, AiS, 18, 2020, 25-38


S. Bergmann/ P. Grassel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mikroplastik und TNT: unterschiedliche Regime der Problematisierung von Meeresmüll, WerkstattGeschichte, 85, 2022, P. 55-75.


P. Grassel/F. Otte/S. Bergmann
Militärische Altlasten im Meer: ein gefährliches Erbe. Das Projekt North Sea Wrecks, Nachrichten des Marschenrates zur Förderung der Forschung im Küstengebiet der Nordsee, 58, 2021, P. 13-18.


P. Grassel,

Mittelalterliche Schiffsholzfunde aus einem Gebäudebefund des 14. Jh. vom Fundplatz Stralsund-Frankenhof. Schriftliche Hausarbeit zur Erlangung des Grades eines Magister Artium (M.A.) der Philosophischen Fakultät der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, in: U. Müller/C. Theune-Vogt/T. Kersting/N. Mehler (Eds.) Historische Archäologie, unplugged, 2020


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)


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)



Research projects



North Sea Wrecks

Where are wrecks and munitions located in the North Sea? What dangers do they pose to people and the environment? What is the history behind them? We want to answer these questions.


DSM participates in new research project

How have peripheral communities in Northwest Europe adapted to the changes in the economy in early modern Europe? And what role did merchants from the Hanseatic cities of Bremen and Hamburg play in this?


Opening hours

Cog hall: daily from 10 am to 6 pm

Ships: daily 10 am to 5:45 pm

how to reach us

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


T. +49 471 482 07 0

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