The Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group is pleased to be able to invite participants in the MOOC to attend the Friday night event for Beyond the Sea, an early career graduate symposium being held at the University of Southampton, Avenue Campus. The event is happening on the May 29th, 2015. Please join us at 6 pm for a key note speech by Professor Jon Adams, followed by a wine reception at 7 pm.
Key Note Abstract: “Beyond the Sea: people, practice and priorities in maritime archaeology”
If Rip Van Winkle was an archaeologist and slept for a mere five years, so rapid has the pace of change in the discipline been recently, he would awake to a bewilderment of new ideas, dramatic developments in technology, methodology, publication formats, and of course interminable updates in computer software and ever more rapid obsolescence of the computers on which it is used. In short, he’d be woefully out of date on all fronts. Arguably, things are even more dynamic in maritime archaeology.
This paper looks at the pace of change as manifested in the subject’s demographic, the breadth of its current concerns and the range of theory and technology available to address them. On these bases the future looks bright but, as well as potentials, there remain some major challenges that demand new strategies and greater coherence in international heritage management and research frameworks.