Posts Tagged ‘museum’


Japanese Ship Construction, Art, and Continuing Mysteries

July 28, 2009

aj_homeMichelle Damian has posted a new entry to her online journal which records her experiences as she continues her research on Japanese ship construction as seen in woodblock prints. In this entry Michelle discusses some of the continuing “mysteries” that she is trying to solve as her research and writing draws to a close. Her post includes one puzzling example from the artwork and a request for help from the audience. You can read this latest post here:



A Chinese Junk at Risk

December 1, 2008
The Chinese Junk Free China

The Chinese Junk Free China (Photo courtesy of The Oakland Tribune).

In 1955 five Chinese fishermen and one American diplomat beat the odds and made a transpacific voyage in a Chinese junk from Taiwan to San Francisco. Dione Chen, daughter of one of the crew members, is now on a mission to save this historic vessel.  As one of the last surviving Chinese Junks, Free China is an important piece of maritime material culture but unfortunately it is now in imminent danger of being destroyed.  The group Chinese Junk Preservation has posted an article describing its history and the present situation.  Chen’s post includes historic photos including an interactive zoom view image of the vessel at sea.

We’re reaching out to you our colleagues to share this story and to ask for your advice on how we can save this important vessel.  You can view the post here:


How Do You Make an Underwater Archaeologist?

February 8, 2008

Underwater archaeologist Mark Staniforth and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology are pleased to announce the 2008 Flinders University Field School Project Journal. Follow along as a new international group of students start their underwater training in Australia. Project journals such as this offer the public the opportunity to see how future underwater archaeologists learn the skills necessary to explore, record, preserve, and learn from submerged cultural resources.

You can view the journal here:

We hope you enjoy this latest addition to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.


A New Year, A New Post, A New Home Page at the MUA

January 15, 2008

Happy New Year to all!  We’d like to start the New Year off right with a new post to the MUA and an entirely new home page (see link below).  The latest version incorporates several new features including optional navigation methods.  You can now browse the site by the traditional post type, i.e. Exhibits, Project Journals, and In The Fields or you can use the map and pan across the earth to see where our projects are taking place.  A third option allows you to filter the posts by content.  Explore and see what works best for you.

We are also extremely pleased to bring you our first post from the UK.  University of Southampton graduate student Sarah Holland has posted an introduction to her work with artefact distribution and site formation processes.  Sarah will provide updates to this project in the next few months.

We would also like to announce the start of a new web tool for finding websites related to underwater archaeological projects.  We have created a second Google map entitled the Worldwide Site Map.  Viewers can pan across the earth to find underwater archaeological projects (in addition to those posted on the MUA) that have an associated website.  Each anchor represents the project location and provides a link back to the researcher’s website.  We will be adding new sites to this as fast as we can.  If your underwater project has an associated website and you’d like it to be included feel free to email us the link and we’ll add it to the map (All submissions must adhere to the Society for Historical Archaeology’s code of ethics).  This promises to be a great resource for students and the general public.

We hope you enjoy this latest upgrade to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.  We’d like to thank you for a great 2007 and offer you our best wishes for a happy and safe 2008.

Best regards,

T Kurt Knoerl
The Museum of Underwater Archaeology


Excavating the Website: There are Lessons Buried Here

November 17, 2007

Last week we announced that the Museum of Underwater Archaeology’s “Holding History in Your Hand” (HHYH) classroom learning kits were ready for shipping world wide. The response has been incredible with inquiries coming in literally from around the world. If you’re not familiar with the kit you can view the brochure here. The MUA staff has been conducting the HHYH exercise for several years now. But since we can’t be everywhere at once we worked with members of the East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies Association to create a lesson plan and artifact analysis guide so that school teachers and other organizations could conduct the exercise themselves.

But one of the most exciting things for us was the decision to augment the lesson plan with additional exercises that let teachers use the MUA website as a teaching tool. We’ve built up a great collection of projects written by underwater archaeologists from around the world but after you’ve read say a field journal written in 2006 what more can be done with it? Is it then time to send it off to the archive to wither away? We don’t think so.

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Using the Collaborative Power of the Internet for Underwater Archaeology Museums

November 6, 2007

One of the primary goals for the Museum of Underwater Archaeology is to encourage Underwater Archaeologists to use the Internet to share their research with the world.  We also want to highlight what Internet tools are available for those folks who want to dive into the cyber ocean themselves.  To that end we have featured links and articles about Internet tools on our blog.  Today, however, we have incorporated a freely available Internet tool from  Google Maps.  Last spring our audience let us know through our online survey (another freely available tool) that they wanted to see more maps to show where different projects were taking place.  Today we have posted a new way to navigate our site.  You can now view a world map and select what project you’d like to see based on its geographic location.  It’s an especially great way for younger students to see what work is taking place around the world.

In addition we have reorganized our home page to make it easier to see all of our content in one place (another great user suggestion).  In the future we hope to create ways to let the viewer organize the page based on their own interests.

We will continue to explore the many freely available software tools for databases, museum exhibits, photo slideshows, bibliographies, time lines, and more.  Stay tuned and check out our new look and organization.

Look for the map under our “New to the MUA” section found here:

Best regards,