Education Programs

The Center is creating capacity-building education programs with collaborative efforts between scientists, teachers, students, and the public. We are developing teaching materials and curriculum to bring into local elementary and high schools as there is currently no coursework highlighting the maritime culture heritage or ecology of the Albanian coast. We're also getting local students and the pubic involved in conservation and preservation efforts as well as coastal clean-up initiatives. This year, we developed summer undergraduate and graduate field courses in Archaeology and Coastal Ecology and Scientific Diving.

We are always looking to develop new programs and partnerships. Please feel free to contact us at info@albaniamarinecenter.org with questions or ideas.

 

 

Scientific Diving Course

June 20th - July 3rd
Saranda

The Albanian Center for Marine Research is offering a scientific diving course for the 2013 field season. This course complies with the 100+hour American Academy of Underwater Science standards. Students will gain diverse diving experience, participate in ongoing underwater research, and learn diving theory and methods in classroom sessions taught by experts in the field from institutions including East Carolina University, the Albanian Institute of Archaeology, and RPM Nautical Foundation. Almost daily dives over the two-week course will expose students to a variety of habitat types found along the southern Albanian coastline, as well as the best practices for conducting hypothesis-based research, environmental survey, and archaeological methods. The diving course also offers a necessary component to participate in other ACMR field school offerings.

Meet our 2013 Scientific Diving Course staff and students here!

 

Underwater Field School

July 23rd - August 2nd
Saranda

Transylvania University and the Albanian Center for Marine Research are offering a field school in underwater archaeology and coastal ecology for the 2013 field season. Since 2007, the Albanian Coastal Survey has located numerous sites from the ancient through modern. Students will gain hands on experience participating in the ongoing underwater research while learning theory and methods in classroom sessions taught by experts in the field from institutions including East Carolina University, Tirana University, Albanian Institute of Archaeology, and RPM Nautical Foundation. Day trips and daily dives will expose students to a variety of site types found underwater, as well as the best practices for conducting question based research, survey, documentation, and site development over the three week field school. The field school also acts as a capacity building project for long-term professional development of maritime archaeology and coastal ecology in Albania, but also for university students from around the Balkan region.

Meet our 2013 Underwater Field School staff and students here!

What is Nautical Archaeology?

Underwater, marine, maritime, or nautical archaeology is simply archaeology done under the water. Together with cultural and physical anthropology and linguistics, archaeology - both on land and underwater - is a subfield of the science of anthropology, the study of humankind. Basically, the tools, techniques, and products are the same no matter where one works, although different environments may require adaptations to the task at hand. But the goals are the same: understanding our past.

 

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