The Center is involved in collaborative efforts with many governmental, research, and non-profit organizations. We are always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to get involved with these projects. Our busiest time of the year is during the summer field season, which typically runs from early May through early September. In the future, we are hoping to make it possible for people to work on projects during the entire year.
Please check back often for more information on upcoming internship opportunities. You can also drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
In addition to getting involved as an intern to get experience with our ongoing projects, it is also possble to propose your own research project. The coastline of Albania is largely unexplored and undocumented so there are opportunities in just about every terrestrial and marine discipline.
We are just beginning to get our education and outreach programs off the ground. 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 are also beginning to lay the groundwork for a national policy for the study and protection of archaeological and ecological resources along the coast. We're even initiating the first coastal cleanup program for Spring/Summer of 2012.
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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.