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Organizations in Underwater Archaeology
- The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology, or ACUA, is as an international advisory body concerned with issues related
to underwater archaeology, conservation, and submerged cultural resources management. The web site includes a wide range of resources and information related to
underwater heritage, along with a variety of links to projects, programs, scholarships, and funding.
- The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage,
passed in 2001, is an extension of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention of 1972. That agreement recognizes cultural sites of exceptional significance, affording them
international protection and recording them on the World Heritage List. The Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage provides similar protection
to underwater sites.
- The International Committee of Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS, is an international, non-governmental organization founded in 1965
and dedicated to historic preservation. It provides the UNESCO World Heritage Committee with evaluations of cultural properties proposed for inclusion on the World
- The National Park Service provides oversight of federal lands and waterways. The
Maritime Heritage Program focuses on maritime history, preservation, and archaeology in U.S. waterways.
- NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains an active maritime archaeology division.
Maritime heritage in the National Marine Sanctuaries Program protects archaeological sites including shipwrecks
and naval battlefields within the zones designated as federally protected sanctuaries.
- The U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office is a source for historical information about the Coast Guard and the forerunner agencies
such as the Revenue Cutter Service, the Lighthouse Service, and others.
- Parks Canada is Canada’s federal parks system. It includes various
National Marine Conservation Areas, managing and conducting research on maritime and underwater sites.
- The British National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich, England, is the world’s largest maritime museum. It contains a large collection
of maps, charts, artwork and research material.
- The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology is based in Australia and sponsors work throughout Australia, Asia, and
the Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. Formerly the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.
- The Département des Recherches Archéologiques Subaquatiques et Sous-Marines, or DRASSM, is located in Marseilles,
France. Oversees underwater archaeological heritage in the French public domain.
- The Maritime Archaeology Trust is a British maritime heritage organization. It was previously a regional group, the Hampshire
and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology.
- Underwater Archaeology in Egypt. A listing of shipwrecks and underwater archaeological sites lying
off the coasts of Egypt, from Alexandria and the North Coast, Port Said and the Suez, to the Red Sea.
- The Institute of Nautical Archaeology is a non-profit international research organization affiliated with and headquartered at Texas A&M
- FPAN, the Florida Public Archaeology Network is operated through the University of West Florida. Eight regional
centers across the state, with maritime programs that include Heritage Awareness Diving Seminars, the
Submerged Sites Education and Archaeological Stewardship program, and
Florida Underwater Archaeology Preserve shipwreck tours.
- The online Museum of Underwater Archaeology is a venue for underwater archaeologists and maritime historians to present their research to the public
via the Internet. The site provides web-based, museum-style exhibits as well as announcements concerning current projects.
- Marine Archaeological Research & Conservation. An avocational underwater archaeology organization located in
Pompano Beach, Florida.
- Surface Interval Diving Company is a non-profit entity based in Beaufort, North Carolina, that conducts marine archaeology in cooperation with
the State of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch, the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
- Underwater Archaeology and Maritime History Jobs is a blog developed and maintained by Jason Burns, Senior
Maritime Project Manager at the cultural resource management company SEARCH. The blog contains listings of job opportunities in the commercial and educational sectors.
Mid-Atlantic Underwater Archaeology
Educational Programs in Underwater Archaeology
- University of
Southampton, England, offers graduate degrees (MA, MSc, PhD) in maritime archaeology. They also offer a free, non-degree course online,
Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology, through FutureLearn, part of the Open University.
- Flinders University, in Australia, offers several programs in maritime archaeology including
a Graduate Certificate (6 mo), a Graduate Diploma (1 yr), and a Masters degree (2 yr). Some programs are available through distance learning and online.
- Bournemouth University, England. MSc in maritime archaeology.
- University of Hull, England. Undergraduate and graduate studies in
- University of Exeter, England. PhD in maritime history.
- Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada. BA, MA, and PhD degrees in maritime history.
- Aix-Marseille University, France. Master of Maritime and Coastal Archaeology (MoMArch).
- University of Southern Denmark Maritime Archaeology Programme. Two-year course with an international
orientation. Conducted in English.
- Universidad de Cádiz. Masters and PhD degrees.
See also the
UNESCO reference for this program.
- Instituto Politécnico de Tomar. Curso de Pós-Graduação em Arqueologia Subaquática. Graduate-level course.
- University of Malta, International Collaborative Programmes, Valleta. MA in Global Maritime Archaeology.
- NAS, the Nautical Archaeology Society, offers ordered programs in nautical archaeology. NAS is based in Endland and is listed
as a limited company and registered charity.
- The web site MaritimeArchaeology.com lists various other maritime archaeology programs at universities in the U.S. and abroad and
through non-academic organizations.