Bursary to attend the NAS Conservation Course

The Nautical Archaeology Society are running a conservation course, which will consist of an online theory session on the 17th of September, and a practical session at Fort Cumberland in the UK on the 1st October. The Foundation are offering to fund places on either just the online theory session, or for both the online and practical session (for those scholars currently based in the UK). 

The online theory course – Archaeological Science and Conservation of Marine Finds – is a combination of pre-recorded videos and a live online discussion, this will provide an introductory understanding of the theory of archaeological science and conservation of marine finds. You will need a computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through Zoom.

The practical session – Archaeological Science and Conservation of Marine Finds – Spend a day with the experts getting hands-on experience in a range of archaeological science and conservation techniques. Practical skills covered on this course will include: desalination and wood conservation, airscribing of concretions, introduction to materials science and XRF, examining bones and plant sediments from shipwrecks. It is highly recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with the online theory course. 

To apply for an HFF funded space please complete the form below, priority will be given to students and researchers from the HFF region (Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria). Priority will also be given to those who did not participate in the HFF/NAS conservation course in October 2020. Please note however, that unlike the 2020 course this new course does not include case studies from the HFF region. 

If you are successful you will be required to write a report on the course which will be due two weeks after the course takes place. 

Application Deadline – 1st June 2022

  • Please note this bursary is aimed at supporting nationals of Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria.
  • Please provide more information about you, which amongst other things, demonstrates a strong interest and commitment to maritime archaeology.
  • The course is split in to an online theory day on the 17th September, and a practical session in Portsmouth on the 1st October, please indicate whether you want to just do the online course, or if you are able to do both.
  • Please provide information on why you wish to attend the course, what benefit this will have to you as a student/researcher and in terms of building capacity in maritime archaeology in your region. If applicable, please also explain what this course will provide that is not already covered by your current institution.

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