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"New Centre for Maritime Archaeology at Oxford"

New Centre for Maritime Archaeology at Oxford
trefwoorden: onderwater - archeologie - Oxford
Oxford University researchers will be able to get first-hand experience working on some of the most important underwater excavations being carried out today, following the creation of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology.
An agreement between the University, the Hilti Foundation, and the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine (IEASM) will be signed today, following a lecture in Oxford by French Maritime Archaeologist Franck Goddio, to establish the new Centre within the School of Archaeology.
Throughout time the sea has been a crucial factor in linking disparate communities together. Maritime Archaeology embraces a range of subject areas – including ancient technology, navigation, coastal geomorphology and mythology, as well as cultural archaeology and history – to understand more about maritime trade, economies, and the people who undertook sea-going adventures.
Mr Goddio, whose excavations are made possible by the Hilti Foundation, is one of the leading figures in modern Maritime Archaeology and Director of the IEASM. Working in partnership with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities his findings include the submerged royal quarters of Alexandria, the cities of Herakleion and Canopus, as well as the excavation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s lost fleet, sunk by Lord Nelson in the bay of Aboukir.
Oxford archaeology students will now be able to undertake research on artefacts discovered by Goddio and his team, and will also be encouraged to participate in fieldwork in the Mediterranean and off the coast of Egypt. These research projects will form the basis of students’ doctoral dissertations and subsequent publications. As part of the agreement, the University will also establish a series of lectures about Maritime Archaeology, and hold regular symposia in Oxford.
Michael Hilti, President of the Hilti Foundation, said: “When we started supporting Franck Goddio we did not imagine he would discover objects of such unmatched historical value. As the research missions have now reached a new level of complexity, the support of Oxford scholars and institutions is very welcome.”
Professor Barry Cunliffe, Chairman of the School of Archaeology and Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford, said: “The creation of the Centre provides us with a marvellous opportunity for bringing together a range of archaeological expertise in building Maritime Archaeology as a major new subject area for Oxford.”
Professor Roland Smith, Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford, added: “Franck Goddio’s finds are of outstanding historical significance. The Centre will provide a terrific opportunity for Oxford research students to work on important new material and participate in its recovery.”
Franck Goddio added: “The co-operation with Oxford University is a big step for Maritime Archaeology. A formal institution like the Centre, with the support of Oxford scholars and staff, enables us to thoroughly excavate and document many more projects which my team and I have already identified, but not yet started.”
bron: Alpha Galileo (2 juni 2003)