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Are you interested in ships and seafaring, history, early man, and archaeology? Covering nearly 3/4 of the Earth’s surface, water is the source of all life on our planet. Beneath the surface of our oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetlands lies a physical record of humankind preserved in prehistoric and historic shorelines, shipwrecks, inundated cities, harbors, and other traces of our past.

Dive into our web site and discover for yourself the many facets of underwater archaeology and the people and projects worldwide that are involved in this fascinating field.

ACUA Blog Deep Thoughts – Deaccessioning or Selling Artifacts

At the Ethics Panel at last January’s annual 2014 SHA Meetings on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Québec City, Canada, two of the subjects that came up were deaccessioning archaeological collections and selling artifacts. It became clear very quickly that not everyone defines these terms or views these concepts in the same way. In his blog “Deaccessioning Archaeological Collections and Selling Artifacts” Dr. Paul F. Johnston gets at the root of the issue and explains some important differences.

ACUA blogs are intended for a general audience and provide readers an opportunity to learn more about topics ranging from site research and preservation, to current events and general trends in underwater archaeology. Got a topic you want to know more about? Then send us an email and you may see it covered in a future blog post.

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ACUA Student – Spring 2014  Quarterly Newsletter Now Available

This issue features tips on preparing to give your presentation at a conference, a student project on a sawmill in Florida, world-wide perspectives via the Museum of  Underwater Archaeology (MUA) and an interview with an ACUA board member.  Visit the ACUA website ACUA Student page to make sure you have the latest edition!

Meetings of Interest

Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage: May 12-16, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii. Online registration now open. This conference will:

  • Address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century;
  • Facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic and governmental networks in the Asia-Pacific region, and
  • Provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology.

AIMA October 2014 Conference Call for Sessions
The theme for the 2014 Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) conference is Navigate: Development and Maritime Heritage. The conference will be a gathering of ideas and case studies exploring the principles, strategies, science and regulation around the business of mitigating impact to our maritime heritage, particularly from coastal and marine development.

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