Introduction Course - Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage

The NAS International Training Programme has been delivering courses in maritime archaeology for over 25 years. The first stage of the NAS Training Programme, the Introduction Course is a full day of training introducing participants to the subject of maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage. The Introduction course aims to promote maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage to those who are interested in learning a little bit about the subject.

As well as an introduction to the basic principles of archaeology, the Introduction Course will also introduce the range of sites which can be covered under the title 'nautical' or 'maritime' archaeology - it is not just shipwrecks and it is certainly not all underwater. By the end of the day you will have received an introduction to various theory and practical topics including survey methods, archaeological dating and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. This is an example timetable showing what the day involves:

8.30 am Meet / registration / paperwork
9.00 am Introduction to NAS
9.15 am What is Underwater Archaeology?
10.00 am Underwater Cultural Heritage
10.30 am Break
11.00 am Archaeological Dating Methods
11.30 am Issues in Underwater Cultural Heritage management
12.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Introduction to 2D Survey
1.45 pm Area Search Methods
2.15 pm Introduction to 3D Survey
3.00 pm Break
3.30 pm UNESCO Convention on the Protection
of Underwater Cultural Heritage
4.15 pm Maritime Archaeology in Asia
5.00 pm What’s Next?
5.30 pm Course End

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