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New MA in Maritime Archaeology

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Mike Heyworth <[log in to unmask]>

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From: Joe Flatman [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Posted At: 21 July 2005 18:21

New MA in Maritime Archaeology

The Institute of Archaeology, University College London is pleased to 
announce a new MA programme in maritime archaeology.

Applications from suitably qualified candidates are being accepted now, for 
entry at the end of September 2005.

The MA comprises a core course, two other taught courses, and a 15,000-word 
dissertation. The new maritime courses are also available as options open 
to graduates on other MA and MSc programmes.

Some grants are available for the MA in Maritime Archaeology. To apply 
please send an outline application to Thom Rynsaard, Secretary to the Grant 
Sub-Committee, Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 
0PY by 5pm 3 August 2005. A full application, including a covering letter, 
CV and admissions application may be submitted up until 15 September 2005.

Based at the Institute of Archaeology in central London, the programme will 
be co-taught by Dr. Joe Flatman, Prof. Ole Grøn and Mr. Gustav Milne, in 
collaboration with Prof. Sarah Palmer of the Greenwich Maritime Institute, 
University of Greenwich. Staff from the Museum in Docklands and the Museum 
of London will also contribute to teaching.

Programme Outline

This new programme defines maritime archaeology as the study of ships and 
harbours in their wider social, political, environmental and economic 
contexts, together with an understanding of coastal and submerged cultural 
landscapes. Our aim is to relate maritime archaeology to the broader body 
of archaeological knowledge and theory, rather than treating it as a 
discrete sub-discipline.

The course sets out to show the range of approaches and methods used by 
maritime archaeologists today, and to demonstrate the relevance of maritime 
issues in wider social and economic studies, as well as in legislation, 
conservation and heritage concerns. The course does not aim to train 
archaeological divers.

Students are required to take the core course Global Issues in Maritime 
Archaeology and the equivalent of two whole element MA options, of which at 
least one must be chosen from:

§	Underwater Archaeology: Techniques and Methods
§	The History and Archaeology of the Port of London
§	The Ship in Ancient and Modern Society (from 2006/07)

The second option may be chosen from the above, or from other appropriate 
Institute of Archaeology Master's degrees (e.g. MA in Archaeology of 
London). A wide range of options is available within the Institute's 
Masters programmes, and those considered particularly relevant include 
(subject to availability):

§	The Archaeology of London
§	The Prehistory of London (half element)
§	The Archaeology of Roman & Medieval London (half element)

It is also possible to take an option offered within an MA degree in other 
departments of UCL (e.g. Anthropology, History).

Students will write a 15,000 word dissertation, which is produced as a 
result of an individual research project undertaken during the programme. 
It can be on any approved topic relevant to the degree and to the selected 
taught components. Students are assigned a supervisor to guide them through 
the main stages of work.

Students will be encouraged to become involved in Institute fieldwork, 
which takes place at numerous sites around the world (see 
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/where/index.htm for a guide to 
sites currently under investigation). Specific maritime archaeological 
fieldwork and research is currently being undertaken by Prof. Grøn on 
prehistoric submerged sites in Denmark and by Mr. Milne and Dr Flatman at 
medieval intertidal sites in Britain on the Medieval Ships Project and 
Cinque Ports Project.

Facilities

A wide range of teaching, learning and research resources are available to 
students at the Institute of Archaeology. These include an extensive 
archaeological library within the Institute (together with the associated 
libraries of UCL), a well-equipment photographic laboratory, the Wolfson 
archaeological science laboratories, and the Archaeological and Geographic 
Information Systems laboratory. Students will also be able to use the 
world-class libraries and museum collections of London, including the 
British Library and British Museum, and the National Maritime Museum and 
Caird Library.

The Institute of Archaeology holds large collections of scientific, 
reference and teaching material, including prehistoric pottery and stone 
artefacts from many parts of the world, as well as collections of Roman 
pottery, coins and glass. There are also extensive collections of 
archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological material. Western Asiatic material 
includes the famous Petrie collection of Palestinian artefacts, collections 
from excavations at Jericho and a wide range of objects from ancient 
Mesopotamia. The Institute is also responsible for the Petrie Museum of 
Egyptian Archaeology, which contains a superb collection of Egyptological 
material excavated or purchased by Sir Flinders Petrie.

Teaching for the Port of London option will take place both at the 
Institute of Archaeology and in the galleries of the Museum in Docklands.

Entry Requirements

The programme lasts for twelve months (starting at the end of September), 
although it is possible to take the course part-time over two years. Most 
of the structured teaching takes place in the autumn and spring terms, the 
summer being devoted to work for a dissertation.

Details of graduate programme fees may be obtained from the College 
Registry; application materials are available to download from the UCL 
Graduate School website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/admission/pg/appadmis.html

Entry onto the programme is dependent upon a UK Bachelor's degree in an 
appropriate subject, awarded with first or second-class Honours, or an 
overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or 
educational institution of university rank. Where the US/Canadian marking 
scheme is used, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required.

An applicant whose qualifications, although otherwise acceptable, are of a 
lower standard may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic 
background and experience in an appropriate field can be shown.

Higher Research Degrees

Applications are also being accepted from suitably qualified individuals 
for PhDs in maritime archaeology and related themes; please contact the 
program coordinator for further information on possible research topics.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Joe Flatman
Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PY

Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 7495 (switchboard)
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/masters/summary/MAmaritime.htm

With apologies for cross-postings.

Joe
----------------------------------------------
Dr. Joe Flatman
Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PY

Email. [log in to unmask]
Phone. (0)20 7679 7534 (direct line) 

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