Underwater Archaeology

This is cool. Archaeology: Dig It points us to The Museum of Underwater Archaeology website.

The cool part is that:

East Carolina Univeristy Program in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology graduate Fall field school will be an investigation of vernacular watercraft near Washington, North Carolina. As part of their training in public out reach each student will contribute to this online journal.

This is the kind of thing we need more of…
Added Later: Since Mr. Knoerl was nice enough to leave a comment, let me go into a little more detail. This is from their website:

The online Museum of Underwater Archaeology (MUA) is a non profit organization incorporated in 2004. Its mission is to assist and promote the use of the Internet by ethical professional, student, and avocational underwater archaeologists. In support of that goal the MUA helps underwater archaeologists present their research to the general public by creating web based museum style exhibits as well as announce their latest projects. The MUA will also propose and work toward creating new online resources for research and sponsor a blog to share ideas.

I wonder if the people at Texas A & M know about it?
Leaving that aside, this strikes me as a great way to train anthropologists. The ability of anthropologists, and scientists in general, to convey their research to the public is vitally important. Perhaps if we started the process earlier in their education communicating with the public might become second nature – or at least part of the research process.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the kind comment and link. I agree that this is what our field needs to do more of. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology was created for that very reason, to encourage professional, student, and avocational underwater archaeologists to use the Internet to post the results of their research online for the world to view. If they don’t have the means to do it themselves they can work with us and host their material on our site. I hope you enjoy the journal, (there are more planned for the future), the In The Field section, and our blog.
    T Kurt Knoerl
    Managing Director
    The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

  2. No problem. This sounds like a fascinating attempt to convey archaeology to the public. I think training grad students to do public outreach is a great idea and would like to see it spread. I think this would be an interesting model for the rest of archaeology and anthropology to follow.

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