Croatia Field School

In the Autumn of 2011 two members of MADU joined 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 Uinversity 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 was gridded and systematically excavated using water dredges, and the imense quantity and variety of artefacts uncovered were recorded in-situ before being recovered, catalogued and placed into temporary conservation 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 briefing Evening de-briefing

Morning briefings and evening de-briefings

 Small workboat  Large workboat

The workboats used during the field school

 Underwater excavation  Underwater excavation

Underwater excavation using water dredges

 Recording underwater  Recording underwater

Recording underwater finds

 Tray of recovered finds and associated recording slate  Recovering a full finds tray and 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 of recovered finds  Cleaning of recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds

 Cleaning of recovered finds  Cleaning of recovered finds

Cleaning recovered finds

 Cleaning of 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

Artefact after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing  Artefact after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

 Artefact after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing Artefact after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing 

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

 Artefact after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing Artefact after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing 

Some of the artefacts after recovery, cleaning and cataloguing

 Temporary conservation and storage tanks and crates Temporary conservation and storage tanks and 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 team from the Nautical Archaeology Society  The full international field school team

 The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) team

 The full international field school team