CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: East meets West along the Maritime Silk Route

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Okuma Small Auditorium / Okuma Memorial Hall, Waseda Campus
(1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, TOKYO)

2-3 July 2009
1st day 2 – 6 pm, 2nd day 9am – 6pm
It is the purpose of this symposium to examine the trading dynamics of the maritime silk route from the Hellenistic period in the west until the time just prior to the rise of the Mongol Empire in the East. The aim is to cross disciplinary boundaries and bring together scholars from the fields of Egyptian, Classical, Byzantine, Indian and Asian maritime history and archaeology, in order to examine the longue duree of trade along the maritime silk route. It will attempt to document the ebb and flow of trade, consider the changing natures of cargoes over the years and assess the relative importance of this trade to communities of merchants, shippers, manufactures and consumers at the stops along the route through which goods passed on their way from east to west or west to east.

The Fourth conference of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at University of Oxford is jointly organised with the Institute of Egyptology, Waseda University. Fifteen papers will be given by a group of international scholars from Europe, America and Asia. It will lead to the publication of a monograph on this topic.
For further information:

Or alternatively, please contact:
Dr Damian Robinson ( at the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG, UK


Symposium Secretariat in Japan
Tsukiji Eto Bldg., 5F, 1-12-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045 Japan
Tel: +81-3 3524-3132 Fax: +81-3-3524-3135

29 May 2009

1) Assistant Curator, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, ncd (Interest in maritime history,&/or marine art archaeology pref)

2) Curatorial Assistant, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Job starts in June, apply today

3) Bosun / Ship’s Rigger
Develop and execute work schedules associated with the maintenance of rigging for Mayflower II and other water craft owned by Plimoth Plantation. Plan and purchase materials relating to the rigging. Responsible for the fabrication, overhaul, and maintenance of sails, and rigging. Responsible for maintenance of moorings and other dock lines. Assists with moving Mayflower II while sailing or towing the ship to dry-dock. Work with carpenters performing maintenance and restoration work on Mayflower II. Work with and supervise the interpretive staff when performing period maintenance or repairs to the rigging. Research products, tools, practices and techniques of the late 16th and early 17th century riggers and rigging. May work in costume aboard Mayflower II while performing some aspects of maintenance and repair work. Must have 3-4 years experience as a rigger or bosun in ship maintenance and repair or deck hand in sail or merchant marine. Working knowledge of line handling and boson’s work, including paints oils, marine sealant and canvas work. Extensive knowledge and experience with block and tackle, and moving heavy loads. Send cover letter and resume to Plimoth Plantation; Attn: Sue Haverstock; PO Box 1620; Plymouth, MA 02362 or email

Maritime Conference in the Humanities

October 23-25, 2009, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is pleased to host a Maritime Conference in the Humanities in October 2009. All enthusiasts of maritime literature, history, and culture are invited to attend. Maritime scholars in literature, history, and the arts are invited to submit proposals for papers on humankind’s relationship with the sea through literary fiction or nonfiction; drama or poetry; naval or merchant, history; maritime culture; or musical or other forms of artistic expression.

Newport Medieval Ship Project Environmental Archaeologist

The Newport Medieval Ship Project is seeking to recruit a trained environmental archaeologist in the role of Project Officer to carry out an environmental archaeology project. The specific duties of the short term post include processing bulk environmental samples recovered during the excavation.    Applications are invited from archaeologists and conservators, preferably with experience in sieving and processing environmental samples, as well as handling and recording waterlogged archaeological remains.

The Project Officer will need to demonstrate previous find recording and supervisory experience. This post if offered on a fixed term basis of 10 weeks.  Applicants must be proficient in a range of IT applications and have good communication skills. 

If you would like to discuss details of these posts please telephone Mike Lewis 01633 840064 or Toby Jones on 01633 215707, or via email at Pay Range: £19,427 – £21,306 (pro rata) Closing Date: 5 June 2009

Details and an application form can be found at:

Toby Jones

Newport Medieval Ship Project
Unit No. 22, Maesglas Industrial Estate
Newport, South Wales
NP20 2NN

01633 215707 phone
01633 215709 fax