The course will cover basic concepts of shipbuilding, including a glossary and an introduction to the history of wooden shipbuilding in Europe, from the Iron Age to the 19th century. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of underwater archaeology, from surveying, to building a shipwreck database, assessing each site, developing a diagnostic of the overall situation, for a body of water or a region, developing prognostics, and action plans. A module on excavating, recording, interpreting and reconstructing will complete the overview, followed by a module on conservation of waterlogged artifacts.
The 2012/2013 course figures as the introductory course for a series of courses dealing with specific arguments on the research, protection and preservation of maritime/nautical heritage from different periods.
The University of Zadar offers 1 ECTS for all the students of archaeology participanting to the course. The possible assigning of ECTS for the students of conservation is in the process of evaluation at the University of Split. The IUC will be informed about the results as soon as possible.