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Call for Applications: Advanced Underwater Archaeology Course 2012 (Deadline: 3. August 2012)

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) of Zadar is organizing a 2-week "Advanced underwater archaeology course" (hereinafter, the Course), due to take place in Pula, Croatia, from September 10 to September 22, 2012. The course is organised with the support of the UNESCO Office in Venice. Deadline for applications is August 3, 2012, 3pm.
The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instructions in the techniques of underwater archaeological excavation. Archaeologists from ICUA and guest lecturers will conduct theoretical lessons, complemented by optional courses in specialty diving according to the requirements of the Scuba Schools International (SSI) system. Practical instruction will take place in the frame of underwater archaeological researches of ancient shipwrecks in the 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 some basic practical underwater archaeology experience. The course is designed to develop professional skills and capacities in underwater archaeological work and project planning.
Participation costs, intended board and lodging for the participants, plus teaching activities and use of diving equipment during the course, will be covered by the organisers. Participants will be admitted to the study programme based on the specific requirements that apply.

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Call for Applications: Basic Underwater Archaeology Course 2012 (Deadline: 15 May 2012)

The International Centre on Underwater Archaeology Zadar (ICUA) is organizing a 2-week basic training course on underwater archaeology, due to take place in Zadar, Croatia, on 4 – 15 June 2012. The course is organized with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office. The deadline for application is 15 May 2012, by 12 am.
The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in the basic techniques of underwater archaeological excavation. Archaeologists from ICUA and the University of Zadar will conduct theoretical lessons, complemented by courses in diving and specialty diving according to the requirements of the Scuba Schools International (SSI) system. Practical instruction will take place in the frame of archaeological researches in the Zadar environs, in order to allow the participants acquire the best possible knowledge of basic research techniques.
The course’s expected beneficiaries are archaeologists who have no or scarce diving experience, as well as experts in different disciplines (conservators, geologists, marine biologists, etc) who are interested in developing multidisciplinary skills and participation in underwater archaeology researches.
Participation costs, intended board and lodging for the participants, plus teaching activities and use of diving equipment during the course, will be covered by the organisers. Participants will be admitted to the study programme based on the specific requirements that apply.

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Advanced course on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds

The International Centre on Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is organising a 3-month advanced training course on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds, due to take place in Zadar, Croatia, from 26.09.2011 to 24.12.2011. The course is organised with the support of the UNESCO Office in Venice.
This international course is targeted to the practical and theoretical training of candidates for independent work in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds. In addition to a theoretical introduction, providing insight into the issues of archaeology, underwater archaeology, restoration and conservation, candidates will be also taught specific elements related to the preservation of underwater cultural objects, such as in-situ conservation of features, the administration of archaeological sites and the handling of finds.
Besides the theoretical segment, most of the lessons will consist in mentored practical work at the workshops of the Croatian Conservation Institute (HRZ) in Zadar. Candidates will work with various materials and will be required to complete three main workshops, respectively focused on metal, pottery, and organic finds. Lectures will be given by staff members of the HRZ and ICUA Zadar, faculty members of the University of Zadar, and guest lecturers from foreign institutions. The production of a manual for the course programme is underway, for which the special approval of UNESCO will be sought.
At the end of the course candidates will take an exam in the theoretical and practical segments, after which they will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have passed our Centre's course for specialized conservators/restorers of underwater archaeological finds.
The course will run for three calendar months.
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Basic underwater archaeology course

The International Centre on Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is organising a 2-week basic training course on underwater archaeology, due to take place in Zadar, Croatia, on 30 May - 11 June 2011. The course is organised with the support of the UNESCO Office in Venice.
The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in the basic techniques of underwater archaeological excavation. Archaeologists from ICUA and the University of Zadar will conduct theoretical lessons, complemented by courses in diving and specialty diving according to the requirements of the Scuba Schools International (SSI) system. Practical instruction will take place in the frame of archaeological researches in the Zadar environs, in order to allow the participants acquire the best possible knowledge of basic research techniques.
The course’s expected beneficiaries are archaeologists who have no or scarce diving experience, as well as experts in different disciplines (conservators, geologists, marine biologists, etc) who are interested in developing multidisciplinary skills and participate in underwater archaeology researches.
Participation costs, intended board and lodging for the participants, plus teaching activities and use of diving equipment during the course, will be covered by the organisers. Participants will be admitted to the study programme based on the specific requirements that apply (see the attached Annex).
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