1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 Admission into GCCHM-Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management
1a Admission into GCARCH-Graduate Certificate in Archaeology
1b Admission into GCMA-Graduate Certificate in Maritime Archaeology
1c Admission into GDPMA-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology
1d Admission into GDPSM-Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Production
1e Admission into MSM-Master of Screen and Media Production
1f Admission into MMARCH-Master of Maritime Archaeology
1g Admission into GDPAHM-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management
1h Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management
1i Admission into MAHMA-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management [1.5 years]
1j Admission into MSMA-Master of Screen and Media Production [1 year]
1k Admission into MSMI-Master of Screen and Media Production [1.5 years]
1l Admission into MMARCHA-Master of Maritime Archaeology [1.5 years]
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ARCH3005, ARCH3208, ARCH8102 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic provides students with a thorough understanding of the history, principles and theory in maritime and underwater archaeology. Students will read and critically evaluate key texts, including book chapters, journal articles and other relevant material. This will provide students with a solid knowledge base on the important figures and key thinking in maritime archaeology over the past century. The topic will provide a global theoretical and historical context in order to discuss and debate the most up-to-date problems and issues in the field.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the fundamental history, theory and material aspects of maritime and underwater archaeology
  • Provide foundational study in the discipline of maritime and underwater archaeology, and examine the field critically from an historical and theoretical perspective
  • Contextualise the role of maritime archaeology within other fields of archaeology and archaeology, anthropology and earth sciences as a whole
  • Provide a critical examination of some of the ways that humans have interacted with and exploited coastal regions as well as inland bodies of water using archaeological evidence
  • Examine key themes within maritime and underwater archaeology such as seafaring, the earliest watercraft, prehistoric dwellings to historically significant shipwrecks of the recent past
  • Provide a comprehensive examination of key issues in maritime and underwater archaeology relevant to the issues faced by professionals working in the discipline critically
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain, thoroughly and critically, the history of the practice of underwater and coastal archaeology throughout the world
  2. Articulate clearly the place and role of maritime archaeology in the interpretation of maritime sub-cultures and culture in the wider context, both written and verbally
  3. Communicate, both verbally and in writing, archaeological research and knowledge, appropriately to range of audiences
  4. Articulate critically the theoretical approaches to the discipline of maritime archaeology and archaeology under water

Key dates and timetable

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