This course has been designed to give you an understanding of the challenges and techniques involved with the preservation of underwater cultural heritage.
After completing this course you will demonstrate a knowledge of basic environmental principles surrounding underwater cultural heritage and the principles behind the preservation of archaeological remains in the marine environment.
Physical, chemical and biological aspects will be studied to understand the degradation of wooden objects which were found in the marine / waterlogged environment, such as ships or small artefacts.
You'll cover a variety of topics throughout this course, including threats to underwater archaeological heritage, techniques used for in situ protection, wood & conservation, the principles of wood anatomy and physical characteristics of waterlogged archaeological wood.
- Each day will start at 9am and finish at approximately 5pm with lunch and coffee breaks during the day.
- Registration and introduction
- Why in situ protection?
- Threats to underwater archaeological heritage
- Case studies
- Closing remarks (Part 1).
- Field trip to the excavation of the Pisa shipwrecks.
Please note: the field trip for this course is land based only and does not involve any diving.
- Wood and waterlogged archaeological wood
- Macro biology
- Principles of wood anatomy and physical characteristics
- Practical exercise: wood analysis I.
- Chemistry of wood
- Chemistry of waterlogged archaeological wood
- Case studies, excavations and research about state of conservation
- Practical exercise: wood analysis II.
Saturday & Sunday
- Leisure days in Florence.
- Wood diagnosis and conservation
- Closing remarks.
Two day course
The two day course will include a field trip to the excavation of the Pisa shipwrecks and is for those who have a moderate academic interest and background.
Five day course
The five day course is tailored to those who wish to learn about the science which impacts on the degradation and preservation of archaeological remains in the marine environment.
Please note there is an additional administration fee of £200 if you wish to be assessed for Masters credits on this course. All attendees are eligible for a certificate of attendance.
Fees and funding
2 days = £240
5 days = £600
10% early bird and 10% alumni discounts available
Note: Short course fees include daily refreshments and lunch.
How to apply
If you have any further questions about the course, please email Norman Stock or call him on 01202 965575.
Alternatively, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service for more information.