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Final Deadline for Inaugural Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

June 28, 2011

Dear potential conference participant,

The deadline for paper proposals (abstracts) for the Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Inaugural Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage is Thursday 30 June 2011 and that is fast approaching.

PLease either send your paper proposals to me through the website submission system or directly to:




The Inaugural Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

June 16, 2011

The Third and Final Call for Papers is now available on the Conference Organization page see:

DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals is 30 June 2011

The Conference Organizers are now accepting applications for financial assistance for paper presenters to attend the conference. In order to be eligible for financial assistance you must have proposed a paper and had it accepted for presentation at the conference. To apply for financial assistance complete the form at:

The Conference registration fees are now available at:

Accepted paper proposals for each of the 11 (and soon to be 12) sessions are
available on the Conference Organization page see, for example:

For the latest news about the Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Inaugural
Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage see:

Adjunct Associate Professor Mark Staniforth
Chair – Scientific Committee
On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee
See the Conference website at:


The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project Receives Grant

June 14, 2011

Mark Staniforth has sent word that he along with Chief Investigators: Prof Peter M Veth, Mr Anthony J Barham and Partner Investigators: Dr Ian MacLeod, Vicki Richards will working on:The Australian historic shipwreck protection project: the in situ preservation and reburial of a colonial trader – Clarence (1850) LP110200184

Project Summary

The project will use cutting-edge technology to study and preserve an early colonial shipwreck at risk and develop a world-class strategy for the reburial and preservation of endangered historic shipwrecks. The project will help develop new national policy and technical guidelines for site managers of historic shipwrecks and offer new insights into colonial shipbuilding.

The project was awarded:

ARC Linkage Grant

2011 $150,000.00
2012 $210,000.00
2013 $100,000.00
2014 $ 40,000.00

Partner/Collaborating Organisation(s)  Australian National Maritime Museum, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Department of the Chief Minister , NSW Department of Planning, Norfolk Island Museum, Northern Territory Government, Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania, QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management,
THE AUSTRALASIAN INSTITUTE FOR MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY, Victoria Department of Planning and Community Development, Western Australian Museum

Administering Organisation The Australian National University

Congratulations to the team.


2nd Call for Papers for The Inaugural Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, Nov 2011

May 24, 2011

The MUA is proud to support the Inaugural Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage.  The deadline for their second call for papers is 30 June 2011.  This is an excellent opportunity to exchange and disseminate information about underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology in Asia, the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
This conference aims to:

  • exchange and disseminate information about underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans
  • facilitate professional development for underwater archaeologists and underwater cultural heritage managers in the Asia-Pacific region
  • provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas about and approaches to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology
  • publish the proceedings both online and in print and disseminate to a wide audience

You can read more about this historic conference to be held in Manila, Philippines here:


Caesarea Coastal Archaeological Project

April 29, 2011

The Caesarea Coastal Archaeological Project is host a summer field school to be taught by:

Beverly Goodman: geoarchaeologist (University of Haifa),
Hendrik Dey: classical archaeologist (Hunter College, CUNY),
Jacob Sharvit: coastal archaeologist (Head of the Hatter Archaeological Laboratory),
Michal Artzy: (University of Haifa),
Norman Krischer: periodic guest diver and enthusiast.

For more information you can view their project PDF here.


Cornell Archaeology Field School Offered by Shoals Marine Laboratory

April 29, 2011

Cornell Archaeology Field school offered by Shoals Marine Laboratory

Dates: 1, 2 or 3 week enrollment possible between May 30 and June 20, 2011

Site: Smuttynose Island, Maine

Cost: $1361 per week, includes everything (ferry to Shoals Marine Lab, food prepared
by a chef, housing in small dorms)

To register:

AIA listing:

News reports:



PAST Foundation Summer Field School

April 28, 2011

PAST Foundation Field School Image

The folks at PAST are holding a summer field school in underwater archaeology in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Key Largo from 24 July to 5 August 2011.  For more details see their website at:


Bermuda Summer Field School 2011

April 26, 2011

Bermuda Field School 2011

The University of Rhode Island and St. Mary’s College of California are offering their joint maritime archaeology field school in Bermuda again this year. The dates are 22 July – 10 August 2011. For more information contact either Dr. Allan or Dr. Mather.

University of Rhode Island
Program Information:
Dr. Rod Mather
Professor of Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology
Department of History
113 Washburn Hall
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI, 02881

St. Mary’s College of California
Program Information:
Dr. Jim Allan
Department of Anthropology
PO Box 4613
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94575


Field School in Maritime Archaeology in Italy

March 10, 2011

Banner Image from Field School

The Reitia Association ACD in collaboration with Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia,Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici and under the patronage of the Federazione Archeologi Subacquei – FAS, from the 19th to the 25th of June 2011 offers a Field School of Maritime Archaeology in the Area Marina Protetta of Capo Rizzuto (Crotone), Italy

The field school is turned mainly both to Italian and foreign students and licensed in archaeology interested to be instructed in underwater archaeological documentation.

The course will take place during the research activity of the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici of the Università Ca’ Foscari on a Roman wreck with a marble cargo located at Punta Scifo near Capo Colonna. The researches have been allowed by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Calabria and the Area Marina Protetta “Capo Rizzuto”.

The students will take part in the research activity on the wreck.

The field school will also host a lecture series with field school instructors and the scientific coordinators.

The field school is restricted to six students; participation can be competitive depending on the numbers of applicants who will be selected by their personal curricula. A scuba and a medical certificate are required.

At the end of the activities, the CMAS/ACDC internationl license of Underwater Archaeology (Archaeology Diver) and a certificate of attendance of the Ca’ Foscari University will be issued to the students.

Scientific direction:

Carlo Beltrame, lecturer in Maritime Archaeology at the Università Ca’ Foscari and Salvatore Medaglia PhD

Secretariat and logistic organization: Duilio Della Libera, Reitia Onlus.

Informations and applications:;; mobile


The Historic Environment: Shared Heritage and Joint Responsibilities? – By Ian Oxley

November 16, 2010

Throughout a thirty-year career in maritime archaeology, a particular hobby-horse of mine has been an element of good practice management that involves jointly sharing heritage responsibilities, as well as benefits and outcomes.

At a basic level, I think that much maritime and underwater heritage is inherently multi-national, a fundamental property opens up great opportunities for co-operative investigation and use, overriding present day boundaries.  It is derived from mobile carriers (ships and boats) travelling between many locations, involving and impacting on many lives, gathering stories so that a rich heritage resource can be re-told now and in the future.

The contributory elements that make up sites that result from this activity can be investigated and presented for education, research and amenity. Making all this happen effectively would seem to be best delivered by a managed contribution from all interested parties, requiring sharing various elements at a range of levels – experience, expertise, knowledge, data, and international, national, and local. It also needs to be effective because archaeological resources are unique, no two sites are the same, and any investigation should be carefully planned so that the maximum of beneficial return is gained with the minimum of impact. This is the joint responsibility bit because the archaeological heritage is a legacy from the past for the future. I hope to show a few examples of what I mean here.

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