Wendy van Duivenvoorde is an associate professor in maritime archaeology at Flinders University. Her current research is focused primarily on maritime trade and shipbuilding in the ancient Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Van Duivenvoorde is an expert in late 16th- and early 17th-century Dutch shipbuilding, and her studies primarily focus on ships of exploration and Indiamen. She has also become a specialist in the study of ship’s fastenings dating to the ancient Greek and Roman periods. She has conducted research on the metal fasteners and anchors excavated from ancient Mediterranean merchantmen such as the Tektaş Burnu (440–425 B.C.) and Kyrenia (third century B.C.) shipwrecks.
In 1629, the Batavia, a ship of the Dutch East India Company, met disaster off the coast of Australia. A new analysis of the shipwreck’s tree rings uncovers how such vessels were built to advance European colonialism.