The Albanian Center for Marine Research offers a field school in underwater archaeology and coastal ecology during the summer field season. Since 2007, the Albanian Coastal Survey has discovered numerous archaeological sites ranging from the 5th century B.C.E. through World War II as well as ecosystems of specific interest. 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. 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. 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.
The field school balances mornings of learning practical methods in the field with afternoon lectures by experts in a small and relaxed class environment. The course is designed to expose students to interdisciplinary research on a number of different site types as well as teach analytical methods, conservation, and sustainable site development. Specialists from several universities will discuss their areas of expertise, while also overseeing the ongoing coastal survey. Practical experience will include archaeology and ecological sampling methods, as well as boat handling, operating compressors, equipment care, and other skills necessary for working on marine projects. The field school aspires to provide students with a well-rounded and interdisciplinary introduction to the wide range of ideas and technology that they will be expected to be knowledgeable about upon becoming professionals in the field.
The 2014 Underwater Field School information will be posted soon!
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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.