Maritime Archaeology Courses

There are still places in our Semester 2 short courses/intensive topics. Please, forward to your networks. Fyi. Cheers, Wendy

2019 Short Courses in Maritime Archaeology @ Flinders

This course is an intensive introduction to materials science; deterioration processes in marine environments; pre-disturbance conservation surveys; in-situ conservation and stabilisation; recovery, initial storage, stabilisation and transportation of artefacts; and refers to storage and display of conserved artefacts. It is designed to provide participants with a general theoretical and practical background to archaeological conservation. It should also equip archaeologists with the appropriate conservation knowledge and skills necessary for the effective management of submerged cultural heritage. This topic will be taught in intensive mode during one week and will necessitate involvement and input from a range of maritime practitioners.  The body of the topic will comprise lectures, a practical exercise and a tutorial. It will be taught at Flinders University with the support of staff from the Department of Materials Conservation, Western Australian Museum.

When it’s run: 23–27 September 2019

Lecturers: Vicki Richard & Jon Carpenter

If you need further information please contact the Practicum Coordinator—Associate Professor Wendy van Duivenvoorde in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Via email: or phone: +61 8 8201 5195.

Marine geophysics and remote sensing
This short course will introduce students to the basics of marine geophysics for archaeology and the theory behind remote sensing: sidescan, marine magnetometer, multi beam and sub bottom profiler. The practicum will include one field day on the water where students learn how to operate a sidescan sonar, collect data on a local shipwreck site using a sidescan sonar, and process the data. Students will work closely with our Industry partners. The field day will be devoted to data acquisition, shipwreck mapping, interpretation and reporting as would be expected in a professional environment. Students will also learn data processing using SonarWiz software in the Digital Archaeology Lab.

When it’s run: 25–29 November 2019

Lecturers: Paul Baggaley & Jonathan Benjamin

If you need further information please contact the Practicum Coordinator—Dr Jonathan Benjamin in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Via email: or phone: +61 8 8201 5875.

Who should attend?
There are no prerequisites for these short courses other than being over the age of 18 years. Moderate levels of fitness will be necessary for some components of the short courses. Note: SCUBA diving qualifications are NOT necessary for participation.
These courses will be of particular interest to students of archaeology, anthropology, history, geography, conservation, environmental management, and heritage, as well as avocational archaeologists and archaeology professionals.
Participants who complete the assessments are supplied with a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to a 4.5 unit topic. Participants should be able to use this to negotiate credit with their home institution which we recommend they do prior to making arrangements to attend this field school.
How to apply?
$2133 (inc. GST).
$3350 (inc. GST) for overseas participants.

Download our new book 3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology here

Maritime Heritage Consultant

Closes May 9.

The position will be within a small but growing historic environment (heritage) team, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary environment team.

As a marine heritage consultant you will be expected to undertake, archaeological desk-based assessments, conduct site visits and walkovers and monitor site works (coastal and intertidal), deliver tool box talks and presentations to on-site construction teams, prepare method statements and WSIs, and produce and compile marine historic environment (marine archaeology and cultural heritage) ES chapters associated with the coastal, intertidal and offshore elements of both large and small scale development planning projects.

Additionally, the role will support promoting the heritage service offering, as and when required, via assistance with marketing materials and presentations to help ensure and maintain a continual turnover of heritage related work.

Project involvement typically includes offshore renewables, coastal defence and flood alleviation schemes, port and harbour developments (including capital dredging) and other industrial developments.

Main work areas will be:-

  • Marine and coastal heritage and archaeological consultancy
  • Marine and coastal heritage and archaeological elements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental appraisal
  • Supporting the delivery of developments and projects within the UK Consent and Planning system
  • Supporting coastal and intertidal heritage and archaeological investigations, monitoring, data analysis and assessment
  • General support to the heritage lead, other heritage team members, the wider environment team and company as a whole

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelors and/or Masters degree in marine archaeology and/or marine archaeology combined with another related discipline
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in marine heritage consultancy or working as a marine/underwater archaeologist
  • Good understanding of heritage legislation, the EIA process, UK planning and consenting regimes and relevant government policy (and specifically of marine heritage legislation and the marine planning system)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organisational, analytical and time management skills
  • Excellent computer and numeracy skills
  • Good understanding of the principles of robust project and task management (including financial), ensuring effective execution, where applicable under a Project Manager, in line with Project Management guidelines and Management System procedures
  • A proactive outlook, and the ability to work constructively on own initiative and within a team
  • Focused, articulate and professional in appearance and standard of work
  • Commercial understanding and an interest in securing new business
  • Confidence at the client-interface
  • Willingness to travel, including possibly to international destinations

CFP: Conservation and Restoration in Underwater Archaeology

Free trip to Croatia, yes please! Submit your idea today.
The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is pleased to announce the call for papers for the international conference “Conservation and restoration in underwater archaeology: experiences, methods and new discoveries” that will take place at the ICUA Zadar, Croatia from 24th to 26th October 2019.
The conference will consider following topics:
* In situ preservation of underwater archaeological materials and sites
* Conservation case studies
* Application of new materials and technologies for conservation practice and continued review of established methods
The members of the Scientific Committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts. The final acceptance will be decided jointly by the members of the Scientific and the Programme Committee. Acceptance will be based on the quality of the written abstract, the innovativeness of the content, its relevance to the conference’s session topics, scientific
value to the community and overall program balance. Notice of acceptance will be sent via email through the email address of the abstract submitter provided during the online submission.
The organizer will provide air travelling costs to and from the conference, and 3 nights of accommodation for the accepted lecturers invited to present papers at the Conference.
All aspects of the conservation, study and research of underwater cultural heritage are welcome.
The deadline for submitting the abstracts is June 3rd 2019.
All information on conference details and registration/abstract submission can be found at the following web site:
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Tel: +385 (0)23 250 486
Fax: +385 (0)23 250 548

Coastal and Marine Sciences Business Line

Looking for a marine archaeologist to fill this spot.

APTIM has an opening for a Senior Client Program Manager. The Senior Client Program Manager position will be preferentially based in the Eastern US. The successful candidate will be responsible for business development efforts for our growing our Federal, State and Local Coastal and Marine Sciences Business.

The successful candidate will identify and develop client relationships and new opportunities with a particular focus on engineering and design of key infrastructure projects. Key areas and services include topographic and hydrographic surveying, geophysical and geotechnical studies, environmental investigation, archaeological investigations, environmental impact assessments, NEPA compliance, and environmental permitting.

Work Placement WWI Wrecks

Project Support Placement – School Materials Development

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, which is based in Aberystwyth, is looking to recruit an education focussed work placement for our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund supported U-boat project.  The project uses sound detection technology to image WWI wrecks lying on the seabed around Wales and is utilising historical research to tell the stories of those affected by the Great War.

The placement has been created as a development opportunity for a newly, or soon to be, qualified teacher to help deliver the educational legacy elements of the project.

The ideal candidate will be a Welsh speaking teaching/PGCE graduate who will help our project team develop science, maths and history resources for schools (key stage 3 & 4), linked to the project outputs and to the new Welsh curriculum.

The placement will run for 8 weeks over the summer and is full time, 37 hours per week, and can be worked on a flexible and/or part time basis.

We are offering a salary of £19,240 pro rata per annum.

For further information on the work of the project and on the placement, including an application pack, please go to our website at

The closing date for applications is 28 April 2019.


Marine Geophysics Manager

Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in the UK and is a registered Charity whose aims are to promote the advancement of education and the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science. We recognise that our employees are paramount to our success and aim to foster a working environment that protects the physical and mental well-being of our people.

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced manager for the role of Marine Geophysics Manager in our Salisbury office to enhance our established and dedicated team.

In this role you will have the ability to influence and promote continuous improvement and positive change within both the marine geophysics and wider Geoservices team. You will deliver marine geophysics services to a high standard and contribute to company business success, in line with the vision and values of the company.

You will be responsible for building and managing the team, provide for their training, mentoring and coaching needs, and helping them to develop their skills. With a strong understanding of marine geophysical techniques and their application to archaeology. You will promote our services to existing clients and identify new business opportunities to develop and grow the business, and work with the wider company to deliver these services. Additionally, you will also undertake project management involving tendering, activities, deliverables and finances of projects.

Closes May 3.



MaP Fund Maritime Archaeology Masters Scholarship

Through the kind generosity of the MaP fund – Dr Paddy O’Toole and Adjunct Professor Mark Staniforth will fund one international student from an ASEAN country, to study a Masters in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University.

The scholarship will have a total value of $70,000 for the 18 month course and including a stipend amount.

The tenure is 18 months, or equivalent part-time duration. The scholarship will be paid in installments, to be confirmed by International Office and Student Finance upon awarding the scholarship.

The scholarship recipient must:

  • be an international student from one of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam); and
  • be commencing the first semester of the Master of Maritime Archaeology (Advanced level entry); and
  • have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in Archaeology; and
  • maintain enrolment at Flinders University during the period of the scholarship.

This scholarship may be available to a part-time student in exceptional circumstances, which includes (but is not limited to) disability, illness or carer responsibilities. If offered, a part-time scholarship will be paid pro-rata.

2020 OE Funding is open!

A complete, maximum two-page, pre-proposal is a requirement in order to be allowed to
submit a full proposal. Pre-proposals must be received by 11:59 pm (EDT) on May 24, 2019.
Full proposal submissions must be received by 11:59 pm (EST) on September 6, 2019.
Applications received after the above deadlines will not be considered.

1. OCEAN EXPLORATION. Ocean exploration to inform management, sustainable use, and conservation of marine resources in poorly explored deep ocean areas of the U.S. EEZ. Areas proposed for exploration and/or initial characterization must be at a minimum depth of 200 m.

2. MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY. Discovery and characterization of underwater cultural
heritage representing past marine-based economic activities or early human occupation to inform decisions on preservation and seabed use, and to identify sources of potential environmental impacts. Marine archaeology proposals can be conducted in any water depth.

3. TECHNOLOGY. Application of new or novel use of existing ocean technologies or
innovative methods that increase the scope and efficiency of acquiring ocean exploration data and improve usability of and access to ocean exploration data. Proposed technologies must be applicable to water depths of 200 m or greater, though testing in shallower water or lab-based test facilities will be supported.

Free Nautical Archaeology Webinar

The second live IJNA Webinar will take place on Wednesday 24th April 2019, at 14:00 (New York and Fort de France), 19:00 (London) 20:00 (Paris).

When we think about nautical archaeology, our minds often jump to images of shipwrecks out to sea or along rocky coasts, as a result of misfortune or misadventure. But the remains that nautical archaeologists’ study in harbours, rivers, and estuaries have often been purposefully placed or abandoned, rather than arriving as a result of a catastrophe.

So other than wrecking at sea or sinking in battle, how does a ship become an archaeological deposit? Are there patterns in these rich assemblages of vessels that that can increase our knowledge of maritime activities and trade practices?