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Zaton (Croatia) Field School - 2011

In the Autumn of 2011 MADU were invited to assist with the running of an international field school at Zaton in Croatia.  The event was run under the auspices of UNESCO and was a joint project between the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and the Croatian hosts from the Archaeological Museum at Zadar under the direction of Dr. Smiljan Gluscevic.  The project was a pre-curser to the 4th International Congress For Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA 4) which was held following the field school at the local University of Zadar.

The field school concentrated on the excavation of an area of seabed that had formed part of a Roman harbour during the 1st - 3rd century AD.  The area worked on during the field school was gridded and systematically excavated using water dredges. The location of the immense quantity and variety of artefacts uncovered were recorded in-situ before being recovered, photographed, catalogued and placed into temporary conservation tanks and storage crates on board the work boats.  At the end of the field school all the recovered fines were transported by boat to the conservation laboratories that are attached to the Archaeological Museum within the old walled town of Zadar.

Morning briefings and evening de-briefings Morning briefings and evening de-briefings

Morning briefings and evening de-briefings

The workboats used during the field school The workboats used during the field school

The workboats used during the field school

Underwater excavation using water dredges Underwater excavation using water dredges

Underwater excavation using water dredges

Recording underwater finds Recording underwater finds

Recording underwater finds

Recovering a tray of finds with the associated recording slate Recovering a tray of finds with the associated recording slate

Recovering a tray of finds with the associated recording slate

Drawing up recorded data after a dive Drawing up recorded data after a dive

Drawing up recorded data after a dive

Cleaning recovered finds Cleaning recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds Cleaning recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds  Cataloguing recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds

 Cataloguing recovered finds
 Photographing recovered finds Analysing sediments
 Photographing recovered finds

Analysing sediments

 Artefact being excavated prior to recovery Artefact after recovery, cleaning & cataloguing
 Artefact being excavated prior to recovery

Artefact after recovery, cleaning & cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Temporary conservation tanks and storage crates Temporary conservation tanks and storage crates

Temporary conservation tanks and storage crates

Being interviewed by the media Being interviewed by the media

Being interviewed by the media

 Amphora at the conservation laboratory in Zadar  The Archaeological Museum in Zadar

Amphora at the conservation laboratory in Zadar

 The Archaeological Museum in Zadar
 The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) team  The full international field school team

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) team

The full international field school team

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For further information see the following article:

NAS divers under the Roman Eagle by William Turner which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Spring 2012, pages 8-9).

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