Call for Applications: Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course 2014
The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA), category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO, in Zadar, is launching its third Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course. It will last 2 weeks and will take place in the Pula area, Croatia, from 15 to 27 September 2014. The course is organized with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice, Italy).
The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in techniques of underwater archaeological excavation, recording, data processing and the use of new technologies in underwater documentation. Archaeologists from the ICUA and guest lecturers will conduct theoretical lessons, supplemented by optional courses in specialty diving, in line with the requirements of the SSI or PADI system. Practical instruction will take place in the context of underwater archaeological surveys of ancient shipwrecks in the area surrounding Pula and will teach participants what it means to be part of an underwater archaeological excavation team.
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 and basic project planning.
Participation costs, which include board and lodging for participants, as well as teaching activities and the use of diving equipment, will be covered by the organizers, as specified below in section 2 of the present Call. Participants will be admitted to the study programme based on the specific requirements that apply.
The course will accept a maximum of 8 trainees.
4 posts will be reserved for additional participants willing to cover their own participation costs, irrespective of their country of provenance.
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.
Language skills: participants must be proficient in English, as it is the working language of the course.
3. Participation costs
Selected applicants eligible for the coverage of participation costs in accordance with section 2 of the present Call (maximum 4) will receive, free of charge:
Selected applicants will NOT receive:
Applicants willing to cover their own participation costs are encouraged to contact ICUA for information concerning participation fees.
4. Tentative Programme
Scheduled activities will include a two-week (15 to 27 September 2014) course on underwater archaeology. The theoretical part of the course will be held in a diving centre in the Pula area, whereas practical lessons will take place at the ancient shipwrecks near Pula. Lectures will be conducted based on the ICUA course curriculum for underwater archaeology. As part of their on-site training, all participants will take part in archaeological excavation of the ancient shipwrecks 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 certificate of successful course completion.
Lectures on underwater archaeology will be conducted in Ližnjan County hall every morning from 08:00-10:30 as follows:
It will also be possible to obtain additional training in diving. The optional courses will be conducted in English, in line with the SSI or PADI methodology. Participants will also be able to attend a specialised course (Night diving, Boat diving, Navigation, Wreck diving, Deep diving, Nitrox). Both theoretical and practical courses will be conducted by SSI/PADI certified instructors. Participants completing one of these courses will receive an official SSI/PADI Certificate.
Mandatory practical exercises in underwater archaeology will be conducted on a daily basis, with participants divided into groups of two or four, on the following topics:
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. In addition, participants will be required to sit for a final exam (consisting of 18 questions) in order to obtain the official ICUA Advanced Underwater Archaeology Certificate.
6. Selection criteria
Selection will be made based on the applicants' professional and educational profiles as presented in the application documents.
Applicants should submit the following documents to ICUA, no later than 11 July 2014, 12:00 am:
Applications and supporting documents must be sent by e-mail to ICUA Zadar (to the attention of Mr. Mladen Pesic, firstname.lastname@example.org) and copied to the UNESCO Venice Office (to the attention of Mr. Matteo Rosati, email@example.com).