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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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1!

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 www.alpenacc.edu/shipwrecks or contact either of the Co-directors:  Cathy Green, email cathy.green@noaa.gov or Dr. John Jensen, email jjensen@sea.edu

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Avocationals Supporting the Profession – By Dave Howe

January 18, 2011

Editor’s note:

2010 was a great year for the Guest Blogger series which we capped off by publishing the Guest Blogger Anthology (available for free download off the MUA homepage).  We are very happy to kick off the 2011 Guest Blogger series by reaching out to a valuable partner in the field of underwater archaeology.  We’ve  invited Dave Howe to write about avocational involvement in underwater surveys and how trained volunteers can support professional archaeological endeavors.

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Dave HoweAvocationals can provide free, useful and valuable labor on field projects or on other work in direct support of projects.  Although not trained to professional standards in archaeology, avocationals can bring a number of related or supplemental skills, including diving, boat handling, data management, equipment maintenance, forensics, and more.  They also can assist in publication and outreach.  The MUA hosts a number of posts from avocational groups.

For instance trained volunteer groups can conduct independent reconnaissance and assessment for State Historic Preservation Offices.  For example, during 2010 the Institute of Maritime History (IMH) mapped and reported ten sites to the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), continued searching for two Revolutionary War warships for MHT, and began the first known underwater survey at Mount Vernon, finding two definite wrecks, two probable wrecks, and other cultural features not yet mapped.  In February and March 2011 we will map those sites and continue searching for others.  This project is for the benefit of Mount Vernon, MHT, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR).

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Emanuel Point II Update

July 21, 2009

wfhomeThe underwater archaeology field school in Florida continues with two new
posts. The entries cover new discoveries on the 16th century wreck,
Emanuel Point II while other teams search for a third wreck from the same
period. You can view the new posts here:

http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/wf09/wf09_week7.shtml

Also,

The next few weeks will be busy ones at the MUA with several new posts by
other researchers from around the world so check back soon.

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A New Site and New Finds on a 16th Century Wreck

July 7, 2009

wf6_homeUniversity of West Florida field school students have posted two new
entries on their project journal. In the first new post they describe
finding a schooner in 7 feet of water near the shore in Pensacola Bay.
They have already posted a site plan of the wreck. In the second new
entry another group of students continued their work on the 16th-century
wreck, Emanuel Point II. They have posted a slide show of some recent
discoveries including bones, seeds, and what may be cross bow bolts.

You can see their two new entries here:
http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/wf09/wf09_week5.shtml

In other news…

As part of a fund raising effort The MUA recently posted 7 books on
maritime and colonial history for sale on ebay. If you are interested in
obtaining these great books and supporting our mission please consider
visiting our page to see the titles and to place your bid.

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/kurt_mua

Remember the MUA is a 501c3 non profit organization. All contributions to
the MUA are tax deductible. Thank for your support!

Best regard,

T. Kurt Knoerl
Director
The MUA

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What does one find on a 16th century shipwreck in Florida waters?

June 23, 2009

week4tmbThe latest post by the University of West Florida’s underwater archaeology students helps answer that question. Get a recap of last week’s events and take a closer look at some of the artifacts discovered on the Emanuel Point II wreck.

You can view the post by clicking here:
http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/wf09/wf09_week4.shtml

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New Videos Online for the Underwater Archaeology Teaching Kit

January 22, 2009
Students using the MUA Teaching Kit.
Students using the MUA Teaching Kit.

We have recently updated the teaching page with two new videos. The first shows a brief portion of the hands on artifact analysis exercise we conducted with a sixth grade class in Maryland. The second shows how we conduct a black water diving simulation wherein students can not see the items they are touching but have to determine if the objects are man made or from the natural environment. If you don’t have one of the MUA Teaching Kits please see our teaching page for information on how to obtain one for your class or organization.

You can see the new videos here: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/teaching.html

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Learning Underwater Archaeology in Thailand

March 5, 2008

University Student Warang Petch has given the MUA its first post from Thailand. Ms Petch describes how students in Thailand gain underwater archaeological training in a country that has no formal university programs in underwater archaeology. You can read about her experiences at the Hin Bush wreck site in Thailand by visiting the “In The Field” section of the MUA here: http://www.uri.edu/mua

In other news…

Flinders University in Australia has completed their 2008 field school. Underwater Archaeologist Mark Staniforth has posted a wrap up entry for their project Journal. Select the entry dated February 24th from the left menu here: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/his/mua/project_journals/flinders08/flinders08_intro.shtml

This spring is shaping up to be a busy one for the MUA with projects coming in from around the world. Don’t forget to check back for future posts.