Connecting the Global and Local: The Sea and Maritime Cities, the 45th Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History held jointly with the National Maritime Historical Society and co-hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will be held in New Bedford, Massachusetts, May 15-18, for papers_connecting the global and local_deadline extended_distribution

Underwater Cultural Heritage Funding

Shared Underwater Cultural Heritage | Call for Proposals 2019

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia
welcomes project proposals for initiatives focusing on Dutch-Australian underwater cultural heritage to be initiated in 2019.

Dutch-Australian Underwater Cultural Heritage

The Dutch explored the Australian coastline more than 150 years before James Cook and the two nations have worked together on maritime heritage for more than 40 years, culminating in the highly successful 2016 celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing on the Australian continent. As far back as 1606, Dutchman Willem Janszoon and his crew on the Duyfken made the first European landing on the Australian continent. Many Dutch explorers, including Dirk Hartog and Abel Tasman, followed. Some of the Dutch journeys to Australia did not end well. So far, four Dutch shipwrecks have been found in Australian waters, including the Batavia and the Zuytdorp, others  are still missing.

Recent examples of Dutch-Australian cooperation on underwater cultural heritage are the search for the Fortuyn, a Dutch East India company ship that was lost in 1724, and the Shipwrecks of the Roaring 40s’ project, which aims to reinvestigate the sites and previously excavated finds of the oldest European shipwrecks lost on the West-Australian coast, including the famous Dutch East Indiamen Batavia, Zeewijk, Zuytdorp and Vergulde Draeck with the newest technologies and methodologies.—call-for-proposals-2019

Lecturer in Maritime History

The department of History and Art History is seeking to expand and enhance our provision of maritime/naval history by recruiting an energetic and committed individual with expertise in and successful undergraduate teaching in the field (any period/region post 1450). Maritime history is one of the most popular areas of study and research among our undergraduate and postgraduate students. This is a new post and you will be expected to design and develop new maritime history modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, and will work effectively both independently and as part of a team with colleagues, students, and internal and external associates.

Maritime Heritage Interns

This is a 10-week summer internship with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The intern will work in the Sanctuary Visitor Center campus assisting the Education Coordinator and the Visitor Experience Manager with visitor center operations, programs and community outreach activities (i.e. tours, staffing visitor center, and delivering STEM/marine technology programs) at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan.


Bulgaria Underwater Archaeology Summer 2019

The Bulgarian Underwater Archaeology field school provides a comprehensive training in underwater archaeological methods through participation in an ongoing research project: discovering the submerged heritage of ancient Mesambria, present-day Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Today, significant parts of the ancient town are below sea level. Remains of fortification walls, towers, staircases, gates and other structures from Classical and Hellenistic period, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages were traced in various sectors around the peninsula. The dynamic coastal landscape of the town makes it an ideal location to experience multiple aspects of maritime archaeology. Students will be trained  in various underwater archaeology and interdisciplinary practices: underwater reconnaissance survey, archaeological excavations, underwater photography, photogrammetry and 3D modeling, mapping and recording of submerged archaeological structures and monuments, marine geophysical survey, creating a GIS database, etc. Our research aims to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of the fortification system of Mesambria and its harbors, the changes to the coastal landscape and the fluctuation of the Black Sea level in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the societal reactions and adaptations to these changes. This program aims to broaden the knowledge and refine the skills of participating students, and thus enhance their career in Maritime Archaeology.

Prerequisites: Participants must hold an Open Water Diving Certificate (any world-wide recognized training organization) in order to participate in this field school.