New grant to the University of Southampton (Centre for Maritime Archaeology)

Our new five-year grant of £2 million to the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology will support a partnership with Ulster University and the University of Oxford to document endangered maritime archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa.

There is an urgent need to document endangered cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa. The region’s coastal and underwater sites face many threats: conflict, rising sea-levels, and urban and industrial development. Protecting and preserving these sites is vital to our understanding of maritime cultural heritage and its potential benefits to economic prosperity in the region. In many cases, existing research is fragmented and lacks information on sites’ locations, conditions and threats.

The new programme, MarEA, builds on the success of our first archaeology documentation programme – the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) programme at the University of Oxford. The team will use satellite imagery, published data, archival information and local surveys to comprehensively record and assess threats to maritime and coastal sites in 16 countries in the region. All data will be made freely available on the EAMENA database.

To learn more about the programme, visit the MarEA website.

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Two post-doctoral scholars specializing in Maritime Archeology

https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/en/fellowships/joint-fellowships/kudar-anamed-joint-fellowship-in-maritime-archaeology/

The Koç University Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archeology Research Center (KUDAR) and Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) joint fellowship will support two post-doctoral scholars specializing in Maritime Archeology or a closely-related topic for the 2019–2020 nine-month academic year (September 15th to June 15th). The successful applicant is required to reside in Istanbul during the fellowship period, to devote his or her time to a proposed research project, and to deliver two lectures on their original research.  The fellowship provides one round-trip ticket to Istanbul, accommodation at ANAMED in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighborhood, five meals a week, and a monthly stipend. While in residence, the successful applicant will be able to take advantage of a limited research budget, the ANAMED seminar and study rooms, library resources within the Koç University system, and access to nearby research centers such as the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, the Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes, and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged, but fellows must be proficient in English, the language of instruction at Koç University.

Established in honor of Mustafa V. Koç, the Koç University Maritime Archeology Research Center (KUDAR) supports and promotes Turkish and international scholars conducting high-impact research on maritime archeology, history, ethnography, heritage management, artifact conservation, and other practices concerned with the relationship between society and the sea.  The center prioritizes research in the Social Sciences, primarily Archeology, but also Anthropology, Human Geography, and similar disciplines. The center may also encompass efforts that include the applied and natural sciences, such as Oceanography or Marine Biology, provided such research generates high-impact results that contribute to the center’s overall focus.

For the applications please click here.

Questions concerning the fellowship and application process should be directed to anamedapplication@ku.edu.tr.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 DECEMBER

Research Analyst

https://careers.hjf.org/jobs/4416173-research-analyst-part-time-temporary

HJF is seeking a Research Analyst to support the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Partnerships and Innovations (PI) Directorate researcher contractor position. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DPAA. This position is part time temporary working 20 hours/week.

The researcher will provide professional assistance pertaining to DPAA’s partner-related activities. The researcher assists in locating and analyzing sources of information related to military conflicts, battles, and battle casualties.  Travel may be on military and commercial aircraft.

This position regularly interfaces with employees, consultants, partners, and contractors, and communicates through briefings and written products with Agency leadership, U.S. Government employees, family members, foreign officials, and partners as well as potential partners.

Lead Historian, American Battlefield Protection Program

The position leads the American Battlefield Protection Program, located in the Preservation Assistance Programs of the Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate of the National Park Service

Open to the first 100 applicants or until 08/16/2019 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541587300

 

Senior Archaeologist

https://careers.hjf.org/jobs/4416174-senior-archaeologist?tm_job=215141-1A&tm_event=view&tm_company=2306&bid=326

HJF is seeking a Senior Archaeologist to support the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Partnerships and Innovations (PI) Directorate researcher contractor position. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DPAA.

The archaeologist will provide professional and scientific assistance pertaining to DPAA’s partner-related activities. Travel may be on military and commercial aircraft.

This position regularly interfaces with employees, consultants, partners, and contractors, and communicates through briefings and written products with Agency leadership, U.S. Government employees, family members, foreign officials, and partners as well as potential partners.

Maritime Historian Contract

https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOI/NPS/APC-IS/140P8619Q0039/listing.html

The purpose of this contract is for a research historian to research, develop and write a fully formatted and publish ready Part III of the HSR.   This HSR Part III is not a condition or physical survey of the vessel but rather a documentation, based on project files and records, of recent treatments.  Confirmation of physical configurations on the vessel, however, may be necessary.

Prior to 2003 numerous projects were undertaken that resulted in configurations that were not historically accurate.  Work since 2003 has focused on returning the vessel to a more historically correct configuration.  In addition to documenting the technical aspects of recent treatments, this HSR Part III should also document the reasoning and research that informed historical corrections.

The C.A. Thayer is one of five historic vessels at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR) and is the last surviving example afloat of 122 sailing schooners especially designed for use in the 19th century Pacific Coast Lumber trade.  She was built by Hans Ditley Bendixen at Fairhaven, on Humboldt Bay, in 1895.  C.A. Thayer was large for a three-masted schooner, measuring 452 tons, with a length of 156 feet, beam of 36 feet, an 11 foot 8 inch depth of hold, and was designed to carry 575,000 board feet of lumber.  Despite her size, a small crew could work the handy, bald-headed rig.  At the time, C.A. Thayer represented the highest development of the new economical coastal lumber carrier.  She was listed as a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966 and was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A draft Historic Structure Report (HSR) was written for the C.A. Thayer in 1991, but it is far from complete and does not address some important aspects of the ongoing rehabilitation of the vessel. From 2003 – 2006 the vessel underwent a major project to preserve and rehabilitate the ship’s hull, deck and keel. In 2012 the vessel’s internal structural rehabilitation was completed and in 2014 work began to restore her rigging. The park has a goal of having the vessel hauled out in 2019 then again in 2003. Prior to 2003, various restoration efforts were undertaken.

HABS/HAER documentation, photography and historical and descriptive data were recorded in 2004, however, restoration work undertaken on CA Thayer to date has not been formally documented.

The NPS intends to use the HSR Part III document to help define ongoing treatment recommendations in a forthcoming updated full HSR document.

Underwater Archaeology and Research Diving Course

In Belize, In January.

https://uri-sa.terradotta.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=programs.viewprogram&program_id=11322

The Field School in Underwater Archaeology and Research Diving Methods is a joint program in which students may choose to enroll in HIS 396 or AFS 433. Both courses will involve similar field activities, but with different focuses. In cooperation with ECOMAR and the Institute for Archaeology in Belize, students will learn underwater research techniques, conduct underwater archaeological surveys, geophysical surveys, benthic biological surveys, site assessments, mapping of historic shipwrecks and/or underwater photography for research documentation. Students will receive a scientific diving qualification per standards set forth by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.