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IKUWA 4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool

Zaton Harbour, Croatia, 18th - 27th September 2011

 

Fieldschool aim:

The aim of the fieldschool is to provide students of archaeology with an opportunity to participate, under the supervision of archaeologists, in an underwater archaeological excavation of Zaton Harbour.

 

Fieldschool objectives:

The objectives of the fieldschool are thus for participants;

  1. To contribute to the research objectives of work at Zaton Harbour being undertaken by the Archaeological Museum Zadar
  2. To understand the importance of safety and risk analysis in all archaeological fieldwork
  3. To gain experience in archaeological project organisation, logistics and management
  4. To develop competency in intrusive underwater archaeological investigations
  5. To develop competency in finds handling and recording
  6. To develop competency archaeological survey techniques
  7. To be actively engaged in the creation and compilation of archaeological data and records

 

Zaton Harbour Background

The ancient port of Zaton near Zadar once belonged to the municipium of Aenona.  The main characteristic is a 150m long breakwater which protected the port from westerly winds. It contains a few heaps of ballast stones.  On the nearby land there are remains of the related port’s installation walls. Cultural layers are about 70cm deep and contain a rich, primarily ceramic and glass material from all over the Roman world. The most important finds are the remains of three ships which were made with the sewn planks technique, and which are considered to belong to the shipbuilding technique of the Liburnian tribe.

 

Research Objectives for 2011 fieldwork

We are hoping you will see how to excavate cultural layers and the remains of breakwater/pier.

Excavations started after the finding of a third sewn ship. They are being done in the nearest vicinity of the ship and by the inner side of breakwater/pier, where most of the material is expected and cultural layers are probably thicker. Also, one part of the grid will be positioned across the remains of breakwater (perpendicular to) so that we can learn something about the structure of the pier. From these excavations we expect to learn something about the life of the port and about the structure of the ancient breakwater/pier

Students should join this expedition because of the diversity of excavated material, which comes from almost every part of the ancient world. Zaton harbour is the most investigated harbour on the eastern coast of the Adriatic (first excavations took place in 1967).


Fieldschool personnel:

The archaeological work being undertaken as part of the IKUWA 4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool will be directed by Dr Smiljan Gluščević, Department Head, Department of Underwater Archaeology, Archaeological Museum Zadar.  Student training will be coordinated by Mary Harvey, Nautical Archaeology Society Training Manager and Steve Liscoe, Nautical Archaeology Society Instructor. All training will be undertaken in conjunction Dr Smiljan Gluščević.

 

Method statement:

The IKUWA 4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool will be undertaken over 10 days and limited to 8 students of archaeology. The fieldschool will be based at Zaton holiday resort , Dražnikova 76t, 23232 Nin, Croatia.

The work is planned to include:

  • Underwater excavation
  • Underwater photography
  • Underwater survey and illustration
  • Artefact illustration and photography

 

Timetable:

 

Date Activity
17th September 2011 Afternoon / evening – students arrive in Zaton
18th September 2011 Registration and welcome, introductions, health and safety briefing, equipment check, check out dives
19th September 2011 Fieldwork
20th September 2011 Fieldwork
21st September 2011 Fieldwork
22nd September 2011 Fieldwork
23rd September 2011 Fieldwork
24th September 2011 Fieldwork
25th September 2011 Fieldwork
26th September 2011 Backfilling trenches / Demobilisation
27th September 2011 Backfilling trenches / Demobilisation
28th September 2011 Day off / Travel to Zadar for IKUWA 4 Congress

 

Health and Safety:

Students participating in fieldwork as part of the IKUWA4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool will be undertaken under the auspices of the Nautical Archaeology Society. The Health and Safety Policy of the NAS is written in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and with specific reference to the United Kingdom Diving at Work Regulations 1997. All diving operations carried out by the NAS are covered by the NAS’s employers and public liability insurance. All fieldwork will also be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of Croatian health and safety laws.

 

Qualifications / Diving equipment:

Students attending the IKUWA4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool must hold a CMAS 2* (or equivalent) diving qualification, must hold an current diving medical proving that they are fit to dive and must be able to provide their own personal diving equipment. Diving cylinders (with DIN fitting) and diving weights will be available in Zaton.

 

Accommodation:

Accommodation is available in a 2 – bed studio apartment (30€ / day), 3 – bed studio apartment (35€ / day), 4 – bed apartment (39€ / day) and 5 – bed apartment (51€ / day).

Students can cook for themselves in an apartment, or they can take the half – board option (breakfast & dinner) for 19€ / person / day.  All prices (food and accommodation) are given in net value.

 

Nautical Archaeology Training Programme:

Students wishing to use the IKUWA4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool for evidence towards their NAS Part 3 qualification or as part of their NAS Part 4 fieldwork experience will be able to. Students interested in beginning NAS Training and who may wish to undertake an NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology and a NAS Part 1 Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology during the fieldschool should contact Mary Harvey, Nautical Archaeology Society Training Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the 1st September 2011. Additional costs would be incurred for course materials.

 

Application:

The IKUWA 4 fieldschool is limited to only 8 students of archaeology. Application forms are available as MS Word documents or Adobe pdf files by clicking here and should be submitted to the NAS by emailing Mary Harvey at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it along with a copy of your diving medical (if this will be in date in September 2011).  You will be contacted within 10 days to inform you if you have been successful in your application.

 

Cost:

The cost of the IKUWA4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool will be 100 Euros. This does not include accommodation or food, or travel to or from the IKUWA 4 congress venue in Zadar.

Once your application is confirmed payment can be made by bank transfer to the account of Archaeological Museum Zadar – IBAN: HR7023400091110243897, SWIFT(BIC): PBZGHR2X. Please make sure that you include your name and “IKUWA 4 Fieldschool” when making your Bank Transfer.

Questions:

If you have any questions regarding the teaching component of the IKUWA 4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool please direct them to Mary Harvey, Nautical Archaeology Society Training Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you have questions regarding travel or accommodation in Zadar or Zaton please direct them to Dino Taras ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

Further information:

Archaeological Museum Zadar – www.amzd.hr

Nautical Archaeology Society – www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org

Zaton Harbour research – www.zaton.hr

 

Further Reading:

Participants can read texts about excavations in Zaton in Archaeologia Maritima Mediterranea 1/2004, Pisa, Roma, 2005 (“Hydroarchaeological excavations and the discovery of the third sewn liburnian ship – seriliae in the Roman harbor of Zaton near Zadar“), and Archaeologia Maritima Mediterranea 3/2006, Pisa, Roma, 2007. (“Evidence for the nutrition of sailors from the Roman harbour at Zaton near Zadar”).

A pdf copy of the 2005 report can be obtained from the NAS.

 

Supporters:

The IKUWA4 Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool has been supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the Department of Underwater Archaeology, Archaeological Museum Zadar and the Nautical Archaeology Society


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International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar
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University of Zadar
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Zadar county
Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
Ministry of Culture
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