Sandra obtained a B.A. degree in archaeology and classical studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a M.A. in maritime archaeology, at the University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg. After completing her B.A. Sandra worked predominantly on wetland sites, during this time she began diving recreationally and decided to pursue her interest in maritime archaeology. Since completing her Masters she has worked as a maritime archaeologist in various capacities including research, commercially and for public bodies. Previous roles Sandra held include working at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Ulster University and participating on various projects throughout Ireland with the Underwater Archaeology Unit, National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Sandra’s broad research interests include nautical archaeology, Neolithic archaeology and maritime cultural heritage management. Specific areas of interest are prehistoric seafaring, human interaction and movement, naval warfare, maritime cultural landscapes and underwater archaeological survey and recording methods.
Selection of current projects
Missing Aircraft Project (2015-Current) A project led by the Aviation Research Group Orkney Shetland (ARGOS) for Historic Environment Scotland.
HMS Hampshire (2015-Current) A condition survey of the HMS Hampshire, undertaken for the centenary commemorations of her sinking as a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives. A collaborative project with Seatronics.
Utrecht (2015-Current) Archaeological assessment and recording of the remains of the Dutch Frigate Utrecht, which was stranded off Sanday in 1807 with the loss of over 50 lives. A collaborative project with SULA Diving.
Orkney’s Early Harbours and Maritime Infrastructure (2015-Current) A programme of marine and onshore survey fieldwork to record early maritime sites, structures and artefacts in Orkney. A collaborative project with SULA Diving.
The Maritime Cultural Landscape of the Copeland Island Group (2014-current) A project undertaken on behalf of the Northern Irish Environment Agency by the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Ulster University.
Sandra currently contributes to the following modules:
- Maritime Archaeology and Heritage of Northern Scotland (SCQF 10)
- Archaeological Project (SCQF 9)
- Digital Heritage (SCQF 8)
- Dissertation Archaeology (SCQF 10)
- From the Vikings to VE Day (SCQF 11)
- Archaeological and Geophysical Survey (SCQF 11)
External Responsibilities and Memberships
NAS tutor and member
Chair of the Orkney Maritime Archaeology Forum
Chair of the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership website forum
Member of the Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group
Ejstrud , B., Goddiksen, P., Henry, S., Persson, C., Tomasi, D. and Thomsen, A. (2014) Halls, Houses and Huts. Buildings at Ribe Viking Centre. Denmark: Print & Sign, University of Southern Denmark. 85 pp ISBN 978-87-996237-1-6
Auer, J., Boda, A., Ditta, M., Henry, S., Karali, E., Karlsen, T., Maarleveld, T., Sokulu, S., Sparvath and Wroblewski, E. (2013) SkernØysund Wreck 3 Fieldwork Report 2011. Denmark: Print & Sign, University of Southern Denmark. ISBN 978-87-992214-9-3