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Call for Applications: Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course 2022

Call for Applications: Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course 2022

(Deadline: 17th July 2022)

1. Introduction

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology Zadar (ICUA Zadar),category II centre under the auspices of UNESCO, is organizing a 2-week Advanced underwater archaeology course that will take place in Zadar and Split region, Croatia from 5th to 16th September 2022.

The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instructions in the field of underwater archaeology i.e., techniques of underwater archaeological excavation and documentation of underwater sites and finds. The course is aimed at archaeologists who have diving experience and at least some basic experience of practical underwater archaeology. It is designed to provide participants with advanced skills and training in underwater archaeology knowledge in project planning.

The course is organized with the financial support of the Ministry of culture and media of the Republic of Croatia. Practical organization is coordinated by ICUA Zadar and other guest lectures and associates. Theoretical lesson will be held in morning or evening hours, while practical instruction and excavation will take place around noon in the vicinity of Zadar and Split. After two days in Zadar, theoretical and practical part of the course will be held on Šolta island in the frame of archaeological researches on the Roman period shipwreck with cargo consists of amphora and mortaria.

2. Participants

The maximum number of trainees will be limited to 4 participants. The decision on the selection of candidates will be based with respect to geographical distribution and gender balance.

Expected profile of participants: archaeologists (including researchers or university students enrolled in graduate level degrees) with diving experience who intend to qualify as members of underwater archaeological teams and participate in underwater archaeology researches.

Language skills: participants must be proficient in the English language, since English will be official language of the course.

3. Tentative Programme

Scheduled activities will include two weeks course on underwater archaeology. The theoretical part of the course will be held in Zadar and Rogač (Šolta),whereas practical lessons will take place at the ancient shipwreck on Šolta Island. Transportation to the island of Šolta and to field work will be organized by ICUA Zadar. Lectures will be conducted based on the ICUA Zadar course curriculum for underwater archaeology. As part of their on-site training, all participants will take part in archaeological excavation of the ancient shipwreck as members of a team, and will gain practical experience in working with different types of underwater surveillance technology. At the end of the course, participants will receive an official ICUA Zadar certificate of successful course completion.

Underwater archaeology theoretical lectures are conducted in the morning hours. ICUA Zadar reserves the right to change the schedule in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Mandatory practical exercises in underwater archaeology will be conducted on a daily basis on the following topics:
· Logistical organization of personal and team equipment
· Basic boat operations
· Use of water pump and hoses
· Underwater use of water dredge in a trench excavation
· Preparing housing for Underwater Camera and Underwater photographic documentation of a trench and a site
· Packing, labeling and transport of finds
· Underwater drawn documentation and post-processing of data
· Practical use of computer programme for documenting of the site
· Area survey with use of a boat mounted side scan sonar
· Introduction to surface supplied diving

Upon completing the course, trainees are expected to have acquired the necessary skills to work independently on any of the tasks covered by the programme.
(The exact schedule of lectures and practical exercises will be published subsequently.)

List of lecturers and title of lecture:
Doris Kurtov (ICUA): ICUA Zadar – Mission, Organization, and Recent activities

Maja Kaleb (ICUA): Methodology of Underwater Archaeology - Intro

Mladen Pešić (ICUA): 2D and 3D underwater documentation

Zdenka Vrgoč (ICUA): In situ Protection of Underwater Sites and Handling and Conservation of Archaeological Finds

Roko Surić (ICUA): Photogrammetry and post processing of data

Maja Kaleb (ICUA): Methodology of Underwater Archaeology - ICUA experiences

Luka Bekić (ICUA): Organizing of archaeological excavation and publishing of the results

Pavle Dugonjić (Croatian Conservation Institute): Underwater Photography

Marko Hranilović (Submarine solutions d.o.o.): Safe diving at work, introduction to surface supplied diving

4. Participation costs

There is no fee for the selected participants. During their stay in Zadar and on Šolta Island, ICUA Zadar will provide:
- Accommodation in ICUA’s dormitory while staying in Zadar and accommodation in Rogač during fieldwork on Šolta Island
- Weekly card for food costs up to 200,00 kn per participant
- Local transfers to the training sites
- Diving equipment (if participants do not have their own)
- The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice and new issue of Submerged Heritage
- Insurance against injury
- ICUA Zadar certificate of attendance and successful completion of the course
- ICUA T-shirt & cap

Selected applicants will not receive:
- reimbursement or contributions for their travel to/from Zadar
- any daily allowance or other forms of additional financial support during the course.

5. Requirements

- University education (minimum first-level degree) on archaeology or related fields
- Minimum Open Water Diver (OWD),CMAS* or an equivalent diving certificate
- Practical experience in underwater archaeology
- Medical certificate ensuring fitness for diving
- At least 18 years of age
*Current professional affiliation to public institutions responsible for cultural heritage safeguarding will be considered as a plus

6. Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed and selected based on the professional and educational profiles as presented in the application documents.
Priority will be given to applicants coming from public institutions (either at local or at central level) competent for the safeguarding and management of cultural heritage, and especially underwater cultural heritage whereas possible.
Applications with similar professional profiles will be enlisted based on the educational level.
Possible letters of support from parent institutions will also be considered as an added value.
In the selection, geographical balance will be sought and the selection of more than one applicant from the same country will be avoided.

7. Application

Applicants should send to ICUA Zadar the following documents, no later than 17th July 2022:
- Curriculum Vitae (on Europass CV template!)
- Scan of the diving card
- Scan of valid diving medical certificate ensuring fitness for diving
Participants will have to present diving insurance upon getting official information for acceptance to the course.
Applications and accompanying documentation (CV, copy of diving certificate, copy of valid medical certificate ensuring fitness for diving) should be sent by e-mail to the attention of Ms. Maja Kaleb ( mkaleb@icua.hr). Deadline for submission of the documents is 17th July 2022. All applicants will be informed about acceptance by 20th July 2022.

Due to the unpredictability situations, ICUA Zadar reserves the right to change schedule or to cancel the course.

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