Institutes and Departments of Underwater Archaeology


Departments

Australia and Asia | The Americas | Europe

Institutes

Australia and Asia | The Americas | Europe

Departments

Australia and Asia

Australia

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
Department of 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.

The Americas

United States

East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina
offers a master's 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
Underwater Archaeology Projects ranging in scope from remote sensing surveys and non-intrusive mapping investigations to full scale excavations.
Academic Diving Program includes over 25 graduate and undergraduate credit hours in underwater archaeology and related coursework offered by the Department of Anthropology.

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 Archaeology
Texas A&M; offers a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in Nautical Archaeology.

Europe

United Kingdom

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 studies.

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 ethnography
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
Maritime Fife project An inter-disciplinary project, part-funded by Local Authorities to research the maritime archaeology and history of Fife Region in Scotland
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 Krogen Project.

Institutes

Australia and Asia

Australia

Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
(AIMA)
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.

India

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.

The Americas

U.S.

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 Resources
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.

NOAA
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 sanctuaries.

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.

RIMAP
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.

Europe

U.K.

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.

Portugal

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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