The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) in Zadar is launching its second Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course. The course will have a duration of 2 weeks and will take place in Pula, Croatia, from 16th September to 28th September 2013. The course is organized with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (UNESCO Venice Office).
The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instructions in the techniques of underwater archaeological excavation, data processing and use of new technologies in underwater documentation. Archaeologists from ICUA and guest lecturers will conduct theoretical lessons, complemented by optional courses in specialty diving according to the requirements of the SSI or PADI system. Practical instruction will take place in the frame of underwater archaeological researches of ancient shipwrecks in Ližnjan, Pula environs, in order to prepare the participants to actively take part as a regular member of an underwater archaeological excavations team.
The course’s expected beneficiaries are archaeologists who have diving experience and at least some basic practical underwater archaeology experience. The course is designed to develop advanced skills and experience in underwater archaeological work and project planning basics.
Participation costs, intended as board and lodging for the participants, plus teaching activities and use of diving equipment during the course, will be covered by the organizers. Participants will be admitted to the study programme based on the specific requirements that apply.
The maximum number of trainees will be of 6 persons.
Participation costs for a maximum of 4 applicants will be covered by the organizers, according to the provisions of session 3 of this Call for Applications. NB: only citizens of the following countries are eligible for requesting the coverage of participation costs: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
2 posts will be reserved for additional participants willing to cover their own participation costs, irrespectively of their country of provenance.
Expected profile of participants: archaeologists (including researchers, or university students enrolled in study courses for 2nd level degrees) with diving experience, who are expected to work as members of underwater archaeological teams.
Language skills: participants must be proficient in the English language, English being the working language of the course.
Selected applicants will receive, free of charge:
Selected applicants will NOT receive:
Additional participants covering their own costs should apply for the rates.
Programmed activities will include:
Underwater archaeology theoretical lectures are conducted in Ližnjan City hall every day in the morning hours from 08:00-10:30 as it follows:
It is also possible for the participants to get some additional diving training if they wish to advance in the category or add diving specialty. The optional courses are to be conducted in English, according to SSI or PADI methodology. It will be possible to attend one of the Specialty Courses (Night dive, Boat Diving, Navigation, Wreck Diving, Deep diving, Nitrox). Courses in theoretical and practical part will be lead by SSI/PADI certified instructors. Participants completing any of these courses will receive an official SSI/PADI Certificate.
Underwater archaeology course practical exercises which every participant has to learn are divided by the days, so each group of two-four students has to deal with them on daily bases:
After the course, trainees are expected to be ready to work independently on any of the tasks included in the course’s programme. In addition, participants will have to give a final exam (composed of 18 questions), necessary in order to obtain the official ICUA Advanced underwater archaeology certificate.
Applications will be assessed and selected based on the professional and educational profiles as presented in the application documents.
Priority will be given to applicants coming from public institutions (either at local or at central level) competent for the safeguarding and management of cultural heritage, and especially underwater cultural heritage whereas possible.
Applications with similar professional profiles will be enlisted based on the educational level.
Possible letters of support from parent institutions will also be considered as an added value.
In the selection, geographical balance will be sought and the selection of more than one applicant from the same country will be avoided as far as possible.
Applicants shall send to ICUA the following documents, by no later than 9 July 2013, 12am:
Incomplete applications, applications sent after the above-mentioned deadline, and applications not sent to both the given email addresses will be rejected.