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Underwater Archaeology in Montenegro: Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program 2014 Field School


Location: Bijela, Montenegro

Season: 
July 4, 2014 to July 17, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Flyer: montenegro2014.pdf

Program Type

Field school

Affiliation:

Transylvania University, Center for Conservation and Archaeology of Montenegro at Cetinje, Regional Center for Underwater Demining at Bijela, RPM Nautical Foundation

Project Director:

Dr. Jeff Royal, RPM Nautical Foundation, Dr. Dejan Gazivoda, Center for Conservation and Archaeology, Peter Campbell, RPM NF, Derek Smith, RPM NF, and Dr. Chris Begley, Transylvania University

Project Description

The Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program’s 2014 underwater archaeology field school focuses on the Illyrian capital, the breathtaking natural fjord of Kotor Bay and the ancient city of Risan/Rhizon/Rhizinium. The project will map and excavate the anchorages around Kotor Bay, especially the port of Risan. During the 2013 field school, ICEP team members surveyed and identified large deposits of trade goods at the Risan anchorage. The 2014 field season will excavate these deposits, revealing for the first time the ancient maritime activities of the elusive Illyrians. Known as fierce warriors and pirates, the only mention of Illyrians comes from Greek and Roman writers who were terrified and jealous of their prowess. The 2014 field school will tell their story using artifacts from the once proud city of Risan, where Queen Teuta once threw herself into the sea rather than surrender to invading Roman forces.The Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program’s 2014 underwater archaeology field school focuses on the Illyrian capital, the breathtaking natural fjord of Kotor Bay and the ancient city of Risan/Rhizon/Rhizinium. The project will map and excavate the anchorages around Kotor Bay, especially the port of Risan. During the 2013 field school, ICEP team members surveyed and identified large deposits of trade goods at the Risan anchorage. The 2014 field season will excavate these deposits, revealing for the first time the ancient maritime activities of the elusive Illyrians. Known as fierce warriors and pirates, the only mention of Illyrians comes from Greek and Roman writers who were terrified and jealous of their prowess. The 2014 field school will tell their story using artifacts from the once proud city of Risan, where Queen Teuta once threw herself into the sea rather than surrender to invading Roman forces.

The Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program is offering a field school in underwater archaeology and coastal ecology for summer 2014 at the Regional Center for Underwater De-Mining in Bijela, Montenegro. The Montenegrin coast has a rich submerged cultural heritage with numerous sites ranging from the Roman and Greek periods through the Cold War era. Students will gain hands on experience participating in the ongoing underwater research while learning theory and methods in classroom sessions taught by experts in the field from several institutions. Day trips and dives will expose students to a variety of site types found underwater, as well as the best practices for conducting question based research, survey, documentation, and site development over the 14 day field school. The field school is a collaboration between the RCUD, Centre for Conservation and Archaeology in Cetinje, Transylvania University (Kentucky, United States), and RPM Nautical Foundation.

The field school balances practical methods in the field with lectures by experts in a small and relaxed class environment. The course is designed to expose students to interdisciplinary research on a number of different site types as well as teach analytical methods, conservation, and sustainable site development. Specialists from many universities will discuss their areas of expertise, while also directing coastal diving on sites. Practical experience will include archaeology methods, as well as boat handling, operating compressors, equipment care, and other skills necessary for working on marine projects. The 2014 field school aspires to provide students with a well-rounded and interdisciplinary introduction to the wide range of ideas and technology that they will be expected to be knowledgeable about upon becoming professionals in the field. This year's Montenegrin field school in July will be an advanced course compared to the June introductory course held in Croatia.

Scientific diver training: June 2-15 (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, Croatia). Please see the website for more information.

Croatian field school: June 16-29 (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, Croatia). Please see the separate ad for this field school.

Montenegrin field school: July 4-17 (Regional Center for Underwater Demining in Bijela).

Period(s) of Occupation: Illyrian, Roman

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
Open Water or equivalent diving certification

Room and Board Arrangements

Students and staff will stay in the the Regional Center for Underwater Demining, which has a hotel on its grounds. Rooms will be double occupancy of the same gender. Staff and students will eat together at hotel's restaurant, as well as the occassional meal at local restaurants. All housing and food is included in the course fee, except on days off. Please see the course guide for further information.

Cost: 
$2,000 in total, plus optional tuition for university credit

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Transylvania University
Number of credits offered 1 (Summer course)
Tuition: 
$1600 (Optional)

Location

Contact Information
Peter Campbell
Archaeology, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus
Southampton
Hampshire
United Kingdom
SO17 1BJ
Recommended Bibliography: 

Royal, Jeff, 2012, "The Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program (2007–09): the Roman and Late-Roman Finds and their Contexts," American Journal of Archaeology

Smith et al., "Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program Underwater Field School," Submerged Heritage 3.

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