IKUWA 3 and SHA 2009 Conferences, Red Bay Wrecks Published


MAG Updates is having some e-mail blips, so apologies for the delay with the email version of this update.

Registrations for IKUWA3 are now open !

Under the patronage of UNESCO, the Third International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA3), will be held in London this coming July. Organised by the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS), the Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA), and the Institute of Archaeology University College London (UCL), and supported by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives of NAS, IFA, UCL, DEGUWA, DAI, HWTMA, GSU, Verband der Landesarchaologen, English Heritage, and Historic Scotland, IKUWA3 will be the largest conference on underwater archaeology ever held in Britain. More than 120 papers will be delivered on topics as diverse as

  • Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Traditional Indian Boat Carpentry
  • Acoustic Positioning Systems
  • Fresh Water Archaeology
  • Shipwreck Collecting Behaviour
  • Maritime Landscapes
  • Seismic Reconnaissance
  • Managing Underwater Cultural Heritage
  • Integrated teaching and research
  • Ethics and Economics of recovering material from the sea

The Congress will take place from the 10th July to 12th July 2008 (official opening evening of the 9th July).

This will be preceded by a 3-day Professional Development Field School from 7th July to 9th July 2008, and followed by a range of optional excursions including a tour of the Mary Rose (13th July 2008).

For more information, please visit the recently updated IKUWA3 website, or go here to register.

SHA conference 2009

The Society for Historical Archaeology 2009 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology will take place January 6-11, 2009 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada. papers, symposiums and poster displays on underwater, nautical and maritime archaeology subjects are invited for the Underwater Archaeology Program.

The Call for Papers, Submission Guidelines, Forms and contact information can be found at the Society for Historical Archaeology website . Note that the abstract submission deadline is June 15, 2008. Please forward this information to others who might be interested in attending and feel free to add it to websites or newsletters.

Archaeological Report of the Red Bay Wrecks Published

The Canadian Government has just published a major scientific report entitled: The underwater archaeology of Red Bay: Basque shipbuilding and whaling in the 16th century. The report paints a detailed picture of Basque whale hunting techniques, and of the Basque contributions in European shipbuilding and the development of transatlantic trade routes in the mid-16th century.

The report provides details on the four galeones or naos investigated during the project, one of which is believed to be the San Juan that sunk in 1565. Using pioneering techniques, the San Juan was systemically excavated, raised and recorded in pieces on the surface, reburied and monitored ever since in order to ensure its continued preservation

Copies of the Red Bay underwater archaeology report may be obtained through Publishing and Depository Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada; (ISBN 978-0-660-19652-7; Cat. N0.: R62-389/2007E)

Other News

Routine Resurvey Analysis Reports are now available to access on the UK Hydrographic Office website.

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology reports that the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on the Island of Saipan has brought in underwater archaeologists Jason Burns and Michael Krivor to inventory the submerged cultural resources related to the Battle of Saipan of June 15th 1944. As part of their public outreach program the project archaeologists are posting updates on how the project is proceeding.

You can read their first entry on the MUA here

If your interests lie more with lighthouses then why not look up the Pharos project (an EC project looking at lighthouses)

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