Institutes and Departments of Underwater Archaeology
- Australia and Asia | The Americas
- Australia and Asia
| The Americas
- Curtin University of Technology, Australia
- Will be offering a
graduate diploma in maritime archaeology,
in conjunction with the Western Australian Maritime Museum,commencing
July 1999 . International students with suitable qualifications are
eligible for admission into the program.
- Flinders University. Australia
Department of Archaeology offers degrees of BA, BSc and Bachelor of Archaeology at undergraduate level and MA and PhD at postgraduate level,. Maritime archaeology is offered as a stream within the Bachelor of Archaeology and as an option within the BA and BSc. Postgraduate study in maritime archaeology is available by research and thesis.
- James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia
Anthropology and Archaeology Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef
The department offers BA and BSc
programmes, a Graduate Diploma programme, and MA, MSc and PhD
programmes. They also include postgraduate research programmes in underwater,
marine and maritime archaeology which focus on Australia and the Pacific,
as well as on other parts of the world which students may nominate.
- East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina
- offers a
degree program in Maritime History and Nautical
Archaeology. It focuses on both the history and archaeology of the
world's maritime heritage and combines classroom lectures and seminars
with hands-on field projects and internships.
- Florida State University, US
Archaeology Projects ranging in scope from remote sensing surveys and
non-intrusive mapping investigations to full scale excavations.
Program includes over 25 graduate and undergraduate credit hours in
underwater archaeology and related coursework offered by the Department
- Indiana University, Bloomington, US
- Underwater Science
and Educational Resources (USER)
A program of the Department of Recreation and Park Administration
The USER Mission is Research and interpretation of submerged cultural and
biological resources emphasizing park development and sustainable use.
Their Web page provides information about their projects, SCUBA courses
and the Photographic Imaging Technique (PIT).
- Texas A&M, US
Program in Nautical
Texas A&M; offers a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a
specialization in Nautical Archaeology.
- University of Bristol, UK
Department of Archaeology
The Degree Program in
Maritime Archaeology and History involves a taught
course, a dissertation, and combines academic and professional
- University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK
Scottish Institute of Maritime Studies Postgraduate Diploma, MLitt,
MPhil, PhD in Maritime Studies which includes archaeology, history and
Archaeological Diving Unit - contracted to the UK government and Home
Country heritage organisations to provide advice and technical support
for the implementation of the Protection of Wrecks Act, 1973
Fife project An inter-disciplinary project, part-funded by Local
Authorities to research the maritime archaeology and history of Fife Region
Nautical Archaeology Society Scotland offers training courses for
recreational divers and other interested members of the public in the
principles and techniques of archaeology underwater
- University of Southampton, UK
- Department of Archaeology
offers maritime and underwater options, including fieldwork, at
undergraduate level, and courses at postgraduate
level (MA or MSc) leading to MPhil or PhD. Students undertaking the MA/MSc in Maritime Archaeology will have the opportunity to participate in several departmental and collaborative research projects including the
Beaulieu River project, The Kravel Project and The
- Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Supports and performs scientific research in the field of maritime
archaeology. Here you can view a bibliography of their publications, and
access their shipwreck database.
- National Institute of Oceanography - Goa, India
- The broad mission of the Marine Archaeology Centre is "to reinforce the scientific base of marine archaeological investigation and to make tactical decisions on apportioning their efforts in marine archaeology so that the demands of science, commerce, archaeology and society, as also links to the global community are met." Their Web site discusses underwater archaeology in general and "marine archaeological explorations in indian waters" in particular. Includes information regarding several individual shipwreck sites and ancient ports.
- National Parks Services
- The Submerged Cultural Resources Unit is staffed by professional underwater archaeologists, technicians and other
professionals. The Web page describes their major roles and projects.
- Channel Islands Marine Archaeology
- CMAR Home Page describes the non profit volunteer organization that supports marine archaeology projects primarily in California's Channel
Islands National Park. They also publish a newsletter, Wreckscatter.
- Institute of Nautical Archaeology
- At Texas A&M University.
Founded in 1972 (originally as the American Institute of Nautical Archaeology)
by George F. Bass as a non-profit research institution dedicated to the
investigation of the history and archaeology of seafaring. Since 1976,
INA has had its main administrative headquarters at Texas A&M University.
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks are presented with attractive, informative graphics. Includes details of Minnesota's shipwreck preservation plan and a thorough history of Lake Superior wi
th an emphasis on trade and industry.
Archaeology and Maritime History
Marine archaeology and maritime history responsibilities reside within the
Sanctuary and Reserves Division's Technical Projects Branch. Their
duties, mandated by the U.S. Government include:
Advising sanctuaries on cultural resource issues, coordinating the issuance
of permits for the disturbance of cultural resources and nominating to the
National Register of Historic Places cultural resources within the
- The Society for Historical Archaeology, US
- Home Page with
links to information regarding membership, available publications,
and their annual meetings. Also note the extensive Guide to
Graduate Programs in Historical and Underwater
Archaeology. The guide contains descriptions of degree programs
at various (mainly North American) Universities.
- Surface Interval Diving Company, Beaufort, North Carolina
- SIDco is a nonprofit corporation dedicate to the proper archaeological survey, documentation, recovery and preservation of historic shipwrecks and submerged sites for the purpose of public display, educatio
n and enjoyment. They work in close cooperation with the State of North Carolina Department
of Cultural Resources, the NC Archaeology Unit, the NC Maritime Museum
and the National Park Service.
- Since 1991 the
Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project has performed background research, collected historical information and conducted field work on the vessels beneath Rhode Island waters. The RIMAP goal is to study the submerged cultural resources of Rhode Isla
nd waters in a manner consistent with appropriate underwater archaeology practices and to determine those submerged cultural resources that are historically important.
- Institute of Archaeology, UK
Nautical Archaeology Society
(Gordon Square, WC1H OPY, England)
Founded in Great Britain in 1981, they publish a quarterly journal. The Society exsists as a forum for the exchange of ideas
relevant to nautical archaeology. This is an unofficial page.
- The University of Ulster (Coleraine)
- The Coastal Research Group at the University of Ulster provides us with a description of Maritime projects currently underway in Northern Ireland with the School of Environmental Studies.
- Government of the Azores
- Grupo Arqueologia Subaquática
States a list of 500 historical shipwrecks in Azorean waters and has some archaeological reports as well as information on archaeological methods and projects.
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