Matt Carter is one of the leading diving maritime archaeologists in Australasia.
His passion for archaeology combined with his love for diving has sent the consultant marine archaeologist all over the world – from mapping a Norwegian Whalers Base in Stewart Island to searching for submerged Mesolithic settlements off the coast of Qatar.
After diving his first shipwreck at the age of 16, Matt was instantly hooked by the mystery these historic time capsules represent.
He went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology in 2007, followed by a Masters degree in Archaeology at the University of Otago,
In 2009 Matt was awarded the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society’s (OWUSS) Australasian Rolex Scholarship – the first maritime archaeologist to receive this prestigious award.
The 30-year-old spent the next 12 months working with maritime archaeologists in 10 different countries on projects ranging from the excavations of a 2800 year old Phoenician shipwreck in Spain as well as a submerged fortified Bronze Age village in Lithuania, to mapping ancient Mayan skeletons in sacred cenotes in Mexico.
Matt is the New Zealand representative on the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Council, and is a member of the both the Explorers Club and the Maritime Archaeological Association of New Zealand.