2014 Edition of the Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course
The third regional Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course for South-East Europe will be held in and around Pula, Croatia, from 15 to 27 September 2014. It is organised by the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA), with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).
The course will provide participants with theoretical and practical instruction in the techniques, practices and technology involved in underwater excavations. The programme includes lectures by ICUA experts and guest speakers, as well as practical, hands-on experience as part of an underwater excavation team studying ancient shipwrecks off the coast of Pula.
As was the case in past editions, the course is aimed at archaeologists (including researchers and graduate students) who are not new to diving and have already gained some basic practical experience of underwater archaeology. By improving and refining their knowledge and practical skills participants will be able, in the future, to qualify as members of underwater archaeological teams. English language proficiency is also required.
A maximum of 8 trainees will be selected for the course. Of this number, the first four are eligible to have their participation costs met in full by the organisers (for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey). The remaining places will go to applicants who meet the stated requirements and are able to cover their own expenses. Factors such as geographical distribution and gender balance will also be taken into account during the selection process.
The ICUA was founded in Zadar in 2007 with a view to at supporting the preservation of the underwater material culture of Croatia, South East Europe and the wider Mediterranean. It promotes the ratification and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, which was adopted in 2001 to coordinate the safeguarding of submerged historical sites and prevent their destruction. The ICUA operates under the auspices of UNESCO.
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