Certificate Course in Marine Archaeology

Certificate course in Marine Archaeology

To start August 8, 2015. Registration should be done immediately
Course duration : One Semester, every Saturday
Eligibility : Master degree or equivalent degree from recognized university.
Fees : Deccan College Students : 3,500/-   Download Application from here
Any Outside candidate : 5,000/-
For further details please see our website : http://www.deccancollege
Co-coordinator
Dr. P.D.Sabale
Professor in Paleoenvironment,
Mobile No. 09822418696
About the course :

Three-quarters of the Earth is covered by water, and communication between areas separated by oceans, seas and rivers requires traversing these waterways using watercraft. These contacts have not only allowed the effective transportation of people and goods but also the spread of ideas between the different civilizations affecting the course of history. Beneath the surface of our oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetlands a physical record of humankind in the form of shipwrecks, submerged cities, harbors, and other traces of our past are found. Water-borne transportation has allowed exploration of much of the globe and facilitated the rise and fall of great empires. The majority of marine archaeologists specialize in the study of nautical archaeology: the study of the construction and operation of all types historic watercraft. Other types of sites in include inundated land sites; sinkholes or bogs where people placed offerings or buried their dead; cities and harbors now submerged by sea level change or earthquakes; and dwellings, agricultural, and industrial sites along rivers, bays, and lakes. Many laws and regulations require that sites be located, inventoried, and studied by qualified archaeologists before they are impacted or destroyed by development. Often submerged sites such as shipwrecks pose a danger to modern human endeavors; shipping lanes, seabed mining, commercial fishing, and oil and natural gas drilling can be affected by submerged cultural resources. Studying where and how ships have wrecked in the past has lead to developments in safer marine navigation, with the placement of lighthouses, safety beacons, the marking of dangerous currents on nautical charts. In view of the importance of the above, Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, (Deemed University), Pune, and the National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paulo, Goa, are collaborating to study coastal archaeological sites in India. In this connection we are introducing a one semester certificate course in Marine Archaeology. The experts of Marine Archaeology Wing of the National Institute of Oceanography and Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, (Deemed University), Pune, will teach the course.

Objectives : On successful completion of this course a student should :
  • Have gained a detailed understanding of up-to-date techniques and methods of relevance for marine archaeology.
  • Have developed an understanding of the strategies employed in archaeological survey and investigation under water.
  • Have acquired ago understanding of archaeological registration and documentation under water.
  • Have developed a range of research-oriented skills appropriate for conducting archaeology under water.
Learning outcomes : By the end of this course you should have acquired a good understanding of maritime archaeology, in particular :
  • The relationship between prehistoric/historic cultures and landscapes in former and present land areas.
  • The interpretation of different types of data related to marine sites and Landscapes.
  • The independent assessment and interpretation of archaeological sites under water and archaeological evidence from such sites.
  • The preservation of marine sites in situ and handling of objects from such sites.
  • The processing of data from investigations of sites and cultural landscapes under water in accordance with current models and theories.
Syllabus (theory part) of the Marine archaeology : Certificate course 30 hr lectures and 15 hrs practicals
Credits 5 (L 2: T:0 P 3)
Course Objectives : The objectives of this course are to impart a good understanding of maritime archaeology, in particular :
  • The relationship between prehistoric/historic cultures and landscapes in former and present land areas.
  • The interpretation of different types of data related to marine sites and Landscapes.
  • The independent assessment and interpretation of archaeological sites under water and archaeological evidence from such sites.
  • The preservation of marine sites in situ and handling of objects from such sites.
  • The processing of data from investigations of sites and cultural landscapes under water in accordance with current models and theories.
Course Outcomes : On successful completion of this course a student should :
  • Have gained a detailed understanding of up-to-date techniques and methods of relevance for marine archaeology.
  • Have developed an understanding of the strategies employed in archaeological survey and investigation under water.
  • Have acquired ago understanding of archaeological registration and documentation under water.
  • Have developed a range of research-oriented skills appropriate for conducting archaeology under water.
Unit 1 Introduction (5 hrs) :
  1. Definition and scope of marine Archaeology
  2. Development of marine Archaeology in India
  3. Achievements of marine archaeology
Unit 2 Methods in Marine Archaeology (5 hrs) :
  1. Exploration (sources, geophysical techniques)
  2. Excavation
Unit 3 Maritime trade and commerce (8 hrs) :
  1. Harappan period
  2. Ancient to Medieval period
  3. Colonial period
  4. Shipwrecks
  5. Traditional ship building
Unit 3 Ports and Harbours (5 hrs) :
  1. Ports of Ganga delta
  2. Ports of the Indus delta
  3. Ports along the west coast
  4. Ports along the east coast
Unit 4 Science and Marine Archaeology (5 hrs) :
  1. Application of paleontological studies,
  2. sea level fluctuations,
  3. palaeoclimate,
  4. coastal erosion
  5. submerged settlements
Unit 5 Preservation and management of marine cultural heritage ( 2 hrs) :
15 hrs of practicals may relate to practicals with various equipements, upto two days field visit. Perhaps a two day visit to NIO marine archaeology division.
Arc 4** Marine archaeology part II (Field methods) : This will be taught over a 2 week period in February
Credits 2.5 ( L 0.5 P 2) = around 7-8 lectures and 60 hrs of practicals/tutorials
Unit I Diving (3hrs Lecture 30 hrs practical)
Unit II Documentation (2 hrs lectures 20 hrs practical)
Unit III Excavation 2 hrs lecture, practical if ongoing excavation
Unit IV Equipment and Sampling 3 hrs lectures (10 hrs practical)
Units may be elaborated with sections. You can change the units also.

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