UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage to enter into force
With the deposit of its instrument of acceptance of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage on 2 October 2008 by Barbados, twenty States have ratified the Convention. According to its Article 27 the Convention enters therefore into force on 2 January 2009.
The First Meeting of States Parties of the Convention is scheduled to take place in spring 2009.
You can see confirmation here.
Maritime Development-led Archaeology Course
The Professional Training in the Historic Environment programme at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education is offering a course in ‘Marine Development-Led Archaeology’.
New Crown Estate Reports
Historical changes in the seabed of the greater Thames estuary
An investment by The Crown Estate in a short-term Crown Estate-Caird Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum, and additional research at University College London, has led to improved understanding of historical changes in sandbanks within the greater Thames estuary. The report, by Helene Burningham and Jon French, contains the results of an investigation into the geomorphic history of the seabed and associated features in the greater Thames estuary within a region of over 5000km2 bounded by Aldeburgh (Suffolk), Southend-on-Sea (Essex) and Margate (Kent). The results of the research will provide useful additional background information for the current regional environmental assessment being carried out in the Thames region by the marine aggregate industry, and for other users and uses of the area.
A synthesis of current knowledge on the genesis of the Great Yarmouth and Norfolk Bank systems
ABPmer, HR Wallingford and BGS have jointly undertaken a study for The Crown Estate, of available scientific information on, and interpretation of, the formation of the sandbank systems off the Norfolk coast. The key project conclusion is that the Outer Banks lie in an area believed to be close to the limit of the last glacial ice advance. It therefore seems likely that their origin is at least in some way related to the antecedent sediment supply that would have existed prior to the marine transgression.
Both reports may be downloaded from The Crown Estate website.
For further information contact: Prof Mike Cowling, The Crown Estate, 16 New Burlington Place, London, W1S 2HX, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 020 7851 5032
Underwater Archaeology Positions at University of Ulster
The Centre for Maritime Archaeology (University of Ulster) is advertising two positions as Research Associates – one in maritime archaeology and one in freshwater archaeology.
Research Associate – Maritime Archaeology* Ref: C08/147/WThe post holder will be responsible for conducting research in the field of Maritime Archaeology related activities. Applicants must have relevant postgraduate research experience in archaeology and a diving licence that meets European Scientific Diver Accreditation. The post is fixed term for one year in the first instance.
Research Associate – Freshwater Archaeology* Ref: C08/148/WThe post holder will be required to undertake a detailed desk based assessment of freshwater archaeology in Northern Ireland. Applicants must have relevant postgraduate research experience in archaeology and preferably have experience in the field of freshwater archaeology and seabed survey. The post is fixed term for one year in the first instance.
The deadline for applications for these posts is 17 October 2008. For application details, visit: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/jobs or http://www.jobs.ac.uk – (advertised from 06 October 2008). For information on the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, visit: http://www.science.ulster.ac.uk/cma/
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