The Albanian Center for Marine Research would like to invite university students to apply for the 2012 underwater field school and/or AAUS scientific diving course. Since 2007, the Albanian Coastal Survey has been exploring the southern Adriatic Sea and developing underwater research in the region. Albania offers untouched submerged cultural heritage due to the former communist government’s complete restriction on diving, making Albanian diving today similar to 1950s Mediterranean diving at large. This summer’s field season marks the initial field school offered through the Center and Transylvania University in partnership with RPM Nautical Foundation, the Albanian Institute for Archaeology, Tirana University, and East Carolina University.
The 2012 field school offers an exciting opportunity to learn maritime archaeology and coastal ecology on sites from the Classical Period through the Cold War, as well as be introduced to cutting edge methods like multibeam, ROVs, and DNA analysis. A ten person staff of experts provides a 1:1 ratio with students, creating a relaxed and educational atmosphere for professional development. Students will spend mornings getting hands on experience while participating in the coastal survey and excavating a 4th century CE shipwreck. Afternoons will be spent in lectures with specialists from around the world. The course introduces students to every facet of research, including creating a research design, archaeological theory and ethics, basic methods, remote sensing, excavating underwater, conservation of wet finds, and site monitoring and preservation. Students and staff will be housed in small local hotel in Saranda, directly across from Corfu and near the Butrint UNESCO World Heritage Site. To promote maritime archaeology capacity in the region, preference will be given to student from the Balkan region.
Four transferable credits are offered through Transylvania University for this course. If you would like to learn about underwater research in saltwater and freshwater, on shallow and deep sites, from ancient and modern periods, then this is the field school for you!
The Center is also offering an AAUS scientific diving course for those in need of AAUS certification before the field school or for those not attending the field school, but looking for AAUS training. Details are posted on the Center’s website.
Please visit the Center’s education page to get the full details: http://www.albmarinecenter.org/pages/education.html
Applications are due March 15, 2012.