18.09.2019 - Culture Sector

Underwater Archeology Course in Zadar

Underwater Archeology Course from the 2nd to the 13th of September 2019 conducted by the International Center for Underwater Archeology in Zadar.

During the underwater archeological excavation of the ancient port at Barbir in Sukošan near Zadar, a two-week Basic Underwater Archeology Course was organized and conducted by the International Center for Underwater Archeology in Zadar.  This unique training course was In collaboration with the German Archeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institute), the University of Oxford (University of Oxford, Global History of Capitalism Project, Oxford Center for Global History) and Archaeological Museum in Zadar. Roman Scholz (DAI), Elisabeth Briggs (Oxford ) Dino Daras (AMZd), and Paola Gomez Barletta (UNESCO) discussed the different approaches to exploring underwater cultural heritage. 

The education program as well as archaeological research were funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. The diverse team of course participants was comprised of young archaeologists from 4 continents; Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Europe. Representatives of China, Thailand, Egypt, Australia, Romania, Serbia, Poland and Wales were selected from this year's 40 applications.  Participants undertook several important diving exercises in the Adriatic Sea to prepare them for the course, as well as for future work on underwater archeological sites. Students practiced the basics of 2D and 3D documentation on land and under the sea. Also, they had the opportunity to get acquainted with underwater photogrammetry and successfully create their first underwater 3D models. At the site, students were introduced to the methods of excavation of underwater cultural heritage using a water pump and water dredge, as well as methods of documenting underwater finds within archaeological probes.


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