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Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Interview with Dr. Emad Khalil

September 6, 2011

The folks at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage have sent out their September press release.  This month’s release contains an interview with Dr. Emad Khalil, Director of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage in Alexandria Egypt.  You can read the interview here.

For more information on the upcoming conference in Manila please visit their website at:

Thank you to Mark Staniforth and Emily Jateff for sending this in to the Underwater Blogger.


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:


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:


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


United By Water: Exploring American History through the Shipwrecks and Maritime Landscapes of the Great Lakes

February 16, 2011

Funded NEH Opportunity at Thunder Bay for July 2011.


Many people in the marine archaeology/maritime heritage community teach—often this is a part-time element in our frequently complicated and unconventional careers.  For those who have teaching and academic service connections to community colleges, the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded a unique opportunity to integrate underwater archaeology, maritime heritage, and associated fields into the college classroom.

Developed in partnership with the Alpena Community College, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Sea Education Association, United By Water: Exploring American History through the Shipwrecks and Maritime Landscapes of the Great Lakes consists of a focused week-long workshop that covers a wide range of hands on and scholarly activities all geared toward integrating maritime historical perspectives into community college courses.  Two sessions are offered during the last two weeks of July 2011.   Successful applicants will receive a $1200 stipend to help defray expenses.  Local housing is available at quite reasonable rates.

For those interested in the intersections between education, heritage, and archaeology, this workshop offers an opportunity to engage with shipwrecks and cutting-edge interpretive resources and programs at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The attached flyer describes the program and application process in more detail.   The March 1 deadline is approaching quickly! (download the PDF )

For additional information please visit our the project website at or contact either of the Co-directors:  Cathy Green, email or Dr. John Jensen, email


Google Art Project and the MUA Maritime Art Gallery

February 8, 2011

Google recently announced a new online initiative called “Art Project” in
which they partnered with 17 art museums around the world and placed high
resolution images online for the public to explore. Each piece includes
viewing notes (click the <<i symbol), information about the artist, and
links to more images by the artist across museums. In addition the
website allows viewers to create their own collection of images selected
from any of the museums.

The MUA has taken advantage of that feature and created a collection
within the Google Art Project of the 41 maritime related images we found
across all 17 museums. We will update the MUA gallery whenever new
museums are added to the project . We invite you to explore this virtual
maritime art museum by clicking on the link on our home page at:



Underwater Cultural Heritage in Oceania

August 31, 2010

The folks at UNESCO have announced the digital publication of, “Underwater Cultural Heritage in Oceania.” You can view the PDF version here:

Underwater Cultural Heritage in Oceania

Our thanks go out to Barbara Egger for sending that link to us.


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