SCUBA diving qualifications are not required for this topic.
This topic provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles, theory and practice of maritime archaeology in Australia. The topic will discuss the legal, ethical, safety, logistical and cultural heritage management issues associated with Australian maritime archaeology within the general context of Australia's maritime heritage. Issues covered during the lectures include shipwreck site formation processes, search, survey, recording and excavation techniques, legislation, ethical issues, maritime heritage management and maritime archaeological displays in Australian museums. Case studies include the Dutch VOC ship 'Batavia', the Royal Naval vessels 'Pandora' and 'Sirius' and the colonial period shipwrecks of 'Rapid', 'James Matthews', 'William Salthouse' and 'Sydney Cove'. Students are expected to demonstrate detailed knowledge and advanced understandings of the issues raised during a weekly postgraduate level tutorial.
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