Center for Underwater Archaeology, Historical Research, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv

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TEAM # 2

Two sessions of the CUA field school were working from July to August 2006

Greetings from the 2006 Black Sea Shipwrecks Research Project's Team.
In 2006 we were participating with the Centre for Underwater Archaeology of the University of Kiev's in the investigation and excavation of a thirteenth-century shipwreck in the Sudak Bay.

TEAM # 1

Derek Irwin, from Ireland, M.A. and M.Phil. in ancient history, Ph.D. student at the University of Paris X. CUA team supervisor.

I am very happy to have been chosen as Team Supervisor for the 2006 season of the CUA Underwater Archaeological Field School at Novy-Svet, Ukraine. On arrival I was immediately seduced by the amazing landscape of the Crimea and quickly enchanted by the warmth and friendliness of the locals. The location of the shipwreck at a depth of 10 to 12 metres in a relatively sheltered bay provides the perfect conditions for training students. Furthermore, the project brings together an extremely interesting group of people from different backgrounds working together for the same aim which makes it truly unique. 

The CUA Underwater Archaeology Field School in Novy-Svet provides a great opportunity for young students interested in underwater archaeology to get hands-on experience in fundamental excavation techniques and to learn more about the history of the Black Sea in an extremely convivial but professional context. I would recommend it to all young enthusiastic students. I’m convinced it will open up a whole new world for anyone who participates.


Derek Irwin  

Heidi C. Inman, the USA Charlotte, North Carolina.

She recently graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in history and plans to continue her education in underwater archaeology at the University of Bristol this fall. She discovered the Black Sea Program on the internet and was very excited to be given this wonderful opportunity to further her hands on experience at this amazing location.

Heidi Inman

Frederik Roelen, Belgium, student of Ghent University.

At Frederik's university the approach is more oreinated to geoarchaeology and therefore he is more experienced in land archaeology. However, he is very interested in maritime archaeology and is very happy to participate in the Black Sea Shipwreck Research Project.

As a compulsory part of my education, taking part for a number of days in a field school, I came across the Black Sea Shipwrecks Research Programme. The combination of being taught the basic underwater skills on an actual site accessible to the beginning diver by academic standards-since quality is very important to me- and the international working character within the specific national charm of Ukraine made me fill in my application promptly.

The choice of Ukraine as a destination has multiple reasons. First of all: the fact that the program is led by a national university ensures me of the quality of excavation. Secondly, the more adventurous side of me likes to travel.

Frederik Roelens

Brian Seymour, the USA, MA student at the University of Southampton

When I first learned of the Black Sea Shipwreck Survey, my interest was purely in filling a lack of background in marine archaeology.  Getting some much needed field experience was my number one priority while I waited to hear back from University programs dealing with marine archaeology.  Since that time, however, I have been accepted to an MA/MSc program in marine archaeology.  Because I plan to direct my research in this program on some aspect of Mediterranean sea-faring my interest in the Black Sea Shipwreck Survey has taken on more dimensions.
The Black Sea serves as a valuable link between the Eurasian steppe and the Mediterranean world.  The story surrounding the Pisa wreck proves how important the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula were for Mediterranean transport and military strategy.  Excavating underwater in the Black Sea, therefore, provides a great opportunity to learn about marine archaeological excavation in general, and also serves as a good starting point for further research into the realm of Mediterranean marine archaeology. 
In addition to the invaluable archaeological experience I expect to gain from this field school, I also look to make some new friends and contacts in the field.  I hope that in the future my research will aid and be aided by the research of these new friends and contacts.  The trip, no doubt, will also serve as a great cultural experience as I have never been to Ukraine, or the Black Sea before.

Brian Seymour  
Frank Prins

Frank Prins, the Netherlands,

Frank works in IT branche, but getting "injected" with the "Archaeology virus"by his wife, who studies at the Amsterdam University, he was slowly getting involved in Underwater Archaeology, Frank is a member of the Dutch Association of Underwater Archaeology (LWAOW), and of the NAS. He has done the intro and NAS 1 course in the UK, starting a small, own project in the Netherlands.

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