2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Fully funded PhD: Mapping Wreck Sites

We are very happy to announce a  fully funded PhD studentship for UK/EU students as part of the Marine and Maritime Futures Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship scheme at the University of Southampton.   If you have an excellent academic track record, are looking for a stimulating and challenging trans disciplinary project in a world class research environment please read on for further details on how to apply …

Project Title: Mapping potential wreck sites with seafloor data – scientific, social and legal considerations.
Thousands of potentially polluting WWII shipwrecks litter the ocean floor. The pollutants carried on board may include oil, ammunition or other toxic materials. Leakage of pollutants from such wrecks may take place continuously or catastrophically, and the risk of such an event increases with time. The location of several of these wrecks is known and monitored by national administrations, but by far the majority sank without exact information on their location. The UK Ministry of Defence is presently undertaking a project trying to identify the location of such WW II wrecks, on the basis of historic information. In addition, hindcasts of oceanic circulation and storm surges extending before WWII can be used to enhance our understanding of the nature of the wrecking. Finally, there are now multiple publically available (UKHO, CCO, MCA) and commercial sources of swath bathymetry from the UK shelf, against which this archive derived wreck record can be compared. In many cases the decimetre resolution of the swath data will also facilitate full mapping of the identified sites.

This PhD will combine historical records with the prevailing weather and oceanographic conditions at the time of sinking in order to define areas where the wrecks may be. These zones will be cross- referenced against the extant swath bathymetry targets to facilitate an assessment of the environmental risk present in the various areas of the UK Continental Shelf. Key to this project is the co-consideration of legal responsibilities for identifying and locating such wrecks and ensure they are not polluting the seas. Issues to explore include: Where the wrecks were at the time of sinking beyond jurisdiction of the state but now rest within the UK shelf or EEZ does responsibility rest with the UK; Do the flag state of ships have responsibility under international law?

Closes 5 February 2016, APPLY NOW!

Underwater Archaeology Intern

Biscayne National Park is seeking a 10-­week intern who will serve as a member of the archaeological dive and field team during the summer of 2016. The intern’s primary duties will be as field staff and as a dive buddy to the Park archaeologist and/or archaeological technician. The intern will participate in underwater evaluation and documentation of archaeological remains and will work in the park’s conservation lab, conducting supervised treatments on any artifacts recovered during archaeological investigations. The intern will be expected to write a chapter or section of the project report on the history of the wreck studied or another aspect of the field or lab work conducted.

The Internship is being provided by the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP). LIHP is a paid summer internship program organized by the National Park Service, Hispanic Access Foundation, and Environment for the Americas with the goal of engaging the next generation of conservation stewards. The program raises awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation. Highly motivated Latino undergraduate and graduate students (youth aged 18-35) will be selected to work alongside NPS historians, interpreters, archaeologists, architects, and curators on projects in different park units, offices, and historical sites throughout the US.

The LHIP program link is at:

Direct access to the Biscayne NP internship application can be found here:

Naval Curator

US Naval History and Heritage Command

The mission of the Naval History and Heritage Command is to: collect, preserve, protect and make available the artifacts, documents, and art that best embody our naval history and heritage for present and future generations.  This position is with the Naval History and Heritage Command’s (NHHC) Curator Branch (CU), a component of the Collection Management Division (CMD) located at the Washington Navy yard, DC. This position encompasses acquiring, accessioning, preserving and accounting for this material as well as its loan to eligible recipients.

Closes 29 December 2015.

Underwater Archaeologist

US Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeologist

This position is at the Underwater Archaeology Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Washington, DC. Responsible for conserving and conducting archaeological research on artifacts associated with Navy’s sunken and terrestrial military craft; leads conservation-related public outreach initiatives to inform the Navy and the public of their maritime heritage; assists with annual Laboratory initiatives such as assessing the condition of the artifact collection and maintaining chemical safety standards. Please ensure you review the qualifications portions of this posting closely for eligibility requirements.

Closes 23 December 2015.

Job extended until 28 December, you still have time to apply!

Maritime Archaeologist

The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture tasked with an overall legislative mandate to identify, preserve, protect and regulate heritage resources in South Africa. SAHRA invites suitable applications for the following positions: Heritage Officer: Maritime Underwater Cultural Heritage (Maritime Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit).

Closes December 13, 2015 (Sorry for the short notice).


Executive Director

Minnesota Marine Art Museum:
The Museum is conducting a national search for a new Executive Director and would like to know if you could post this on your website.
To learn more about the Museum, our exhibitions and programs please visit mmam.org.



Marine Archaeologist

Wessex Archaeology:

We are seeking to recruit a Historic Environment Fisheries Liaison Officer to join our team, to promote the use of a reporting Protocol for archaeological finds made during fishing activities in the Sussex region.  The role is initially for a 2 year fixed term position to be worked in conjunction with Sussex IFCA but under contract to Wessex Archaeology and will report directly to the Director of Coastal & Marine.  This post is 3 days a week at the offices of Sussex IFCA in Shoreham, Sussex. The remaining 2 days will be working directly for Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine based either at home or periodically in Salisbury on a variety of project related tasks.

Closes 18 December