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

Location: Zadar, United Kingdom

June 16, 2014 to June 29, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon croatia2014.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Transylvania University, International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, RPM Nautical Foundation

Project Director:

Dr. Luka Bekic, International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, Dr. Jeff Royal, RPM Nautical Foundation, Peter Campbell, RPM NF, Derek Smith, RPM NF, Mladen Pesic, ICUA, and Dr. Chris Begley, Transylvania University

Project Description

The Illyrian Coastal Exploration Program is offering a field school in underwater archaeology and coastal ecology for summer 2014 at the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) in Zadar, Croatia. The northern Croatian 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 research partnership with the ICUA, allowing students to gather actual research data while being trained as professionals.

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.

Scientific diver training: June 2-15 (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar)

Croatian field school: June 16-29 (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar)

There is also a second field school in Montenegro from July 4-17 (Regional Center for Underwater Demining in Bijela). Please see the separate ad for this field school.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Period

Get hands on experience as a member of ongoing research into the maritime archaeology of the Adriatic Sea. Small class size and a diverse staff provides an exceptional learning environment.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Open Water or equivalent diving certification

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay in an apartment in central Zadar, a beautiful coast city. Rooms will be double occupancy of the same gender. Staff will be housed nearby in the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology. Staff and student will regularly eat together at local restaurants, though there will be occasion for the students to cook for themselves. All housing and food is included in the course fee, except on days off. Please see the course guide for further information.

$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)
$1600 (Optional)


Contact Information
Peter Campbell
Archaeology, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus
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 (Link).

Smith et al., ICEP Underwater Field School, Submerged Heritage 3, available digitally at