The Third International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA3)

January 2, 2008

The Third International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA3) is to be held in London in 2008.

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) in conjunction with project partners, the Institute of Field Archaeologists, and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London will play host to the largest conference on underwater archaeology ever held in Britain.

IKUWA3 explores the theme of challenges in underwater archaeology: how underwater archaeology can be interlinked across boundaries, whether real or imagined, institutional, environmental, political, legislative or other.

Underwater archaeology in the early 21st century is undergoing a period of unprecedented change: new technologies allow access to ever more numerous and more inaccessible sites, sites which are, paradoxically, under ever greater threat. Remote survey and diving technologies, the mapping of wrecks and submerged landscapes, and familiarity with undersea deposits across the globe increasingly place underwater archaeology in the middle of a new era of underwater exploration. Meanwhile, public involvement and interest in the underwater cultural heritage is at an all-time high, and tools such as the UNESCO Convention may lead to unprecedented changes in the management environment.

Concurrent sessions will discuss:

  • · Research Trends and the Future
  • · Techniques and Scientific Methods
  • · Managing Underwater Cultural Heritage for the Public

The Congress will be preceded by a 3-day Professional Development Field School, and followed by two days of optional excursions, and is supported by the British Academy, English Heritage, DEGUWA, Gesellschaft für Schweizer Unterwasserarchäologie, the Römisch-Germanische Kommission, part of the German Institute for Archaeology, Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology and the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre at the University of Nottingham (UARC).

Event dates

Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th July 2008: Professional Development Field School

Thursday 10th July to Saturday 12th July 2008: IKUWA3 Congress

Sunday 13th July and Monday 14th July 2008: Optional Excursions

Visit the IKUWA3 website for more information: http: http://www.ikuwa3.com/

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