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.

2016 ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings Registration Open!

If you are presenting a paper on underwater archaeology at the SHA Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Washington, D.C. your paper is eligible to be published in the 2016 ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings. REGISTER NOW

This publication is intended to highlight your work, making it publicly available at next year’s SHA Conference in Washington DC.

Registration of intent is open until 10 February 2016. Manuscript submissions are absolutely due on or before 1 March 2016.  Register for the 2016 Underwater Archaeology Proceedings. Authors will receive additional information after registration.

Archaeological Photo Festival Call for Entries

SHA members and conference attendees are invited to participate in the annual Archaeological Photo Festival Competition and People’s Choice Award to be held in Washington, DC, January 6-10, 2016

Get all the details and download the revised guidelines.
Deadline for entries December 15

SHA Conference in Washington, DC – Register Now

Registration is now open for the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 2016 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, January 6-9, 2016 in Washington, DC.. The Conference will include three full days of sessions, social events, tours, workshops, and round table luncheons. For information on the Conference and review the program of general sessions, forums, panels, and symposia visit the SHA 2016 Conference webpage; for reservations visit the Omni Shoreham

To register for the Conference  go to: https://www.conftool.com/sha2016/

The early conference registration deadline is December 1, 2015. After that date, registration rates will increase, so register early.  Online registration ends December 18, after that date you must register at the conference. Please contact the SHA at hq@sha.org with any questions on the SHA 2016 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

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.

ACUA Student – Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2015

The Fall 2015 quarterly newsletter ACUA Student is now available! Visit the ACUA Student page to get the latest and all past editions.

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