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.
It is with sorrow that the ACUA mourns the passing of Wilburn “Sonny” Cockrell, an early ACUA Board member and pioneer underwater archaeologist. Sonny passed away October 8, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida at age 73. more…
The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2014 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2015 SHA Conference in Seattle, Washington. 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 2015(PDF). All application materials must be sent to the ACUA by 7 November 2014.
The ACUA is pleased to announce its new and improved annual Photo Contest. For 2015 the ACUA has added three new categories:
- Diversity: the image should capture a moment in time that reflects the collaborative, inclusive, and/or global nature of our discipline
- Artist’s Perspective: hand or computer aided illustration of a site or artifact
- Video: a 3-minute film about an aspect of your site or project
For the first time, the ACUA is including a People’s Choice Award – with online voting open to all SHA members – not just conference attendees! For more information click here
The next Submerged Cultural Resources Awareness Workshop will be held during the annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information download the workshop flyer: ACUA Workshop Flyer2015 This workshop is certified by RPA and provides CPE credits.
The Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton is hosting a free 4-week MOOC course on maritime archaeology Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology. The course goes live on October 6. Learn how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the world’s oceans and seas, from 2.5 million years ago until today. Watch the trailer video at University of Southampton Future Learn and join the course.
One of the featured activities is an ethics discussion between students and maritime archaeologists from institutions around the world. The discussion will be live streamed on Google+ and YouTube on October 30 from 19:00-20:00 GMT.
The 50th anniversary of the ACUA passed last year, and the new ACUA Chair Kim Faulk has asked a number of individuals, including several past ACUA Chairs, to contribute blogs to the Deep Thoughts series to celebrate this milestone and to reflect on what the ACUA has meant, and continues to mean, to each of us. Past chair Dr. Mark Staniforth reflects on “On Service: Are there Benefits in Being a Volunteer” in this blog in our series of anniversary blogs.