Research Seminar - Deep Sea Archaeology OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Graduate Level Archaeology Course

Published Jan 08, 2009

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Submersibles, robotics and advanced sensors are enabling investigation at unprecedented ocean depths. How are these technological advances changing the work for deep sea archaeologists? That's one of several questions explored during the 'Research Seminar - Deep Sea Archaeology,' a free OpenCourseWare offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This graduate-level course is aimed at students interested in deep sea archeology and engineering.

Research Seminar - Deep Sea Archaeology: Course Specifics

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Research Seminar - Deep Sea Archaeology: Course Description

This course explores how advances in technology and methodology are affecting deep sea archaeology and how cooperation between the disciplines of engineering, oceanography and archaeology disciplines allow for better exploration. 'Research Seminar - Deep Sea Archaeology,' developed by Professor David Mindell and Dr. Claire Calcagno, of MIT, starts with a look at technology, marine archaeology methods and deep ocean robotics. Next students are led through topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world, such as Minoan seafaring, the geology of the Santorini Volcano and trade routes and practices of the Western Mediterranean. A final discussion centers around ethics, legislation and conservation issues surrounding submerged sites. James P. Delgado's Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology is required reading for the course along with readings from other sources.

The provided materials for this course include a list of readings divided into 13 sections and a listing of related sources. To learn more, visit the research seminar - deep sea archaeology course page.

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