The South African Heritage Resources Agency will be hosting a Field School in maritime and underwater cultural heritage, better known as underwater archaeology. Together with the Robben Island Museum and Iziko Museums, the Centre for International Heritage Activities and the University of Leiden, the team will be investigating archaeological sites on Robben Island and the “Barrel Wreck” in Table Bay. This is an as-yet unidentified shipwreck which research indicates dates to the mid-nineteenth century.
ARE YOU STUDYING ARCHAEOLOGY / HISTORY / HERITAGE MANAGEMENT OR RELATED SUBJECTS?
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE MARITIME HERITAGE OF SOUTH AFRICA?
DO YOU WANT TO GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK – BOTH TERRESTRIAL AND UNDERWATER?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF STUDENTS?
The course is designed for both divers and non-divers who want to gain experience in Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage. You will gain experience in various archaeological activities such as surveying methods, site reconnaissance, recording, drawing, mapping, position fixing, in-situ conservation, lab processing and artefact conservation. You will also attend lectures presented by internationally recognized specialists in heritage management, maritime archaeology, and conservation. Through archaeological investigation and archival research, you will learn about the history and culture of the colonial Cape and assist SAHRA and Robben Island in the management of some of South Africa’s unique heritage resources.
The Field School runs from January 16 – February 10 2012 and the team will be based on Robben Island. Accommodation and catering are provided at no cost to you. The Field School is split into modules to accommodate those of you who can’t be there for the duration.
For more information or to apply, please contact Sophie – firstname.lastname@example.org