The Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group, at the University of Southampton, welcomes attendees to its maritime based Post-Graduate and early career researchers symposium: Beyond the Sea (29th -20th of May, 2015).

Following on from the successful Land and Sea conferences, the new symposium (Beyond the Sea) addresses the following topics: Maritime Technology (including shipwrecks), Heritage Management, Submerged Landscapes, Ports & Harbours and New Technologies/Methodologies.

Keynote Speech: Professor Jon Adams

On May 29th, 2015, Professor Jon Adams from the University of Southampton will give his keynote speech at 18:00. Abstract below:

‘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 In short, he’d be woefully out of date on all fronts.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.

General Information

The symposium will be held on May 29-30, 2015, at the University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Lecture Theater B. Check the Programme page for more details.

For more information on the conference, please contact us at: beyondtheseasymposium@gmail.com

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Beyond the Sea Symposium is funded by the Humanities Graduate School of the University of Southampton.