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 Graduate Student Associate Member

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) is seeking candidates to fill one Graduate Student Associate Member position for the 2016-2017 term.  The Graduate Student Associate Member is a voluntary, two-year appointment to the board requiring attendance at the annual Historical and Underwater Archaeology Conference, participation in board meetings, and an annual report of accomplishments. For more information and how to apply, download the  ACUA Graduate Student Announcement (pdf). Deadline for applications: October 01, 2015

ACUA 2016 George Fischer Student Travel Award

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2016 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2016 SHA Conference in Washington, D.C. The award will be granted to an international student presenting a paper on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at this conference. International students are considered to be those students residing in a country other than the country where the conference is being held. For full details download the ACUA_George_Fischer_Student_Travel_Award_2016 (PDF).  Deadline for applications: September 15, 2015.

Meet the ACUA Candidates 2015

The ACUA is composed of twelve men and women elected on a rotating basis for four-year terms by the membership of the Society for Historical Archaeology. The board includes professionals from state and federal archaeology programs, museums, non-profit institutes, and avocational societies involved in underwater archaeology. It also includes professionals in the fields of conservation and education.

Each year the board strives to include candidates that represent diverse interests and global perspectives. The six colleagues who have graciously agreed to stand for election for the three positions spanning the 2016-2019 term are:

Kurt Knoerl Susan Langley Marco Meniketti
Andrew Roberts James Smailes Sarah Watkins-Kenney

Visit the Candidates 2015 page and find out about each and read their statements. Then remember to vote!

Women Diver’s Hall of Fame Scholarships and Grants

The Women Diver’s Hall of Fame (WDHOF) provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. For the 2016 year (downloadable pdf), there are 13 scholarships and 15 training grants worth over $44,000. Of particular note is the Cecelia Connelly Memorial Scholarships in Underwater Archaeology, which is awarded to deserving women of any age who are graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited course of study in the field of underwater archaeology. Deadline for applications November 20, 2015. Find out more about the WDHOF and read our blog Enduring Legacies, Ensuring Futures: Eugenie Clark and the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame.

Core Principles

Ethics, respect, diversity and equality are the core principles around which we should all strive to lead our professional and personal lives. The ACUA strongly encourages all professional organizations to promote ethical principles, non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies among their memberships.


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