2020 Call for Sessions | Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

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The next Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage will be held in Taiwan in 2020. Session proposals are being solicited until May 1, 2019.

1st CALL FOR CONFERENCE SESSIONS

The Bureau of Cultural Heritage, National Taiwan Ocean University, and the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology would like to welcome you to the Fourth Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

Session abstract submission deadline: May 1st, 2019

In keeping with the Conference theme and sub-themes stated below, submit a 300-word abstract and session title before May 1st, together with the name of the session organiser, affiliation and email address.

Source: 2020 Call for Sessions | Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage 2017

Wreck of the 1881 steamship “FRANCIS GARNIER”

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Excavation by the Thai Underwater Archaeology Division. Photo: Pongsatorn Sukhum. Source: Medium.com 20190220
Excavation by the Thai Underwater Archaeology Division.   Photo: Pongsatorn Sukhum. Source: Medium.com 20190220
Excavation by the Thai Underwater Archaeology Division. Photo: Pongsatorn Sukhum. Source: Medium.com 20190220

via Medium.com, 20 Feb 2019: A shipwreck in the gulf of Thailand is identified as the Francis Garnier, part of the Messageries Fluviales de Cochinchine fleet that sailed up and down the Mekong in the turn of the 20th century. The article is in Thai. [Update, 23 Feb: there is an article in English here]

 

หลายครั้งที่เรื่องราวอันน่าทึ่งของเรือจมหลายลำในประวัติศาสตร์ ได้รับการเปิดเผยให้โลกรู้จากความบังเอิญในการค้นพบข้อมูลหรือหลักฐานเพียงแค่ชิ้นเดียว

เรื่องราวของเรือจมเกาะมันนอกก็เช่นกัน ในเดือนกันยายน พ.ศ. 2559 หลังจากได้อ่านรายงานเกี่ยวกับแหล่งเรือจมเกาะมันนอก (MN’51) ของกองโบราณคดีใต้น้ำ ผมรู้สึกสนใจที่จะศึกษาเพิ่มเติมเพราะรายงานนี้มีส่วนคล้ายกับข้อมูลที่ผมค้นคว้าไว้เมื่อหลายปีก่อนเกี่ยวกับเรือ FRANCIS GARNIER ซึ่งเป็นเรือกลไฟสัญชาติฝรั่งเศสที่อับปางในทะเลระยองเมื่อเกือบร้อยปีที่แล้ว ผมติดต่อไปยังอาจารย์เอิบเปรม วัชรางกูร ผู้อำนวยการกองโบราณคดีใต้น้ำในขณะนั้นเพื่อเล่าให้ท่านฟังถึงข้อมูลที่มีอยู่และความประสงค์ที่จะขอร่วมไปดำน้ำสำรวจ ณ หมายนั้นด้วย

Source: [ไทย] Wreck of the 1881 steamship “FRANCIS GARNIER”

[Lecture] Chinese Shipwrecks, Treasure Hunters and the History of Underwater Cultural Heritage Regimes

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Artefacts from the Bakau shipwreck, found at the Karimata Strait between Sumatra and Borneo. Dates to the 15th century, around the same time as Zheng He.
Artefacts from the Bakau shipwreck, found at the Karimata Strait between Sumatra and Borneo. Dates to the 15th century, around the same time as Zheng He.

Readers in Hong Kong may be interested in this talk by Prof. Steven Gallagher in Feb 22 about law and underwater cultural heritage pertaining to Chinese shipwrecks.

Date: 22 February 2019
Time: 12.30-2.00
Venue: The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central.

This seminar will consider the impact the discovery, recovery and sale of Chinese shipwrecks and their cargoes by treasure hunters has had in China and internationally on the development of policy and law intended to protect the underwater cultural heritage and in particular shipwrecks. The seminar will provide an introduction to the law intended to protect underwater cultural heritage in Hong Kong, China and internationally. The introduction will consider the history of shipwrecks and their recovery and the development of the law of salvage. The seminar will then continue with discussion of the history of wreck and the law in Hong Kong. The next part will consider the great porcelain treasures recovered from South East Asia and the effect these had on China’s domestic law and policy regarding underwater cultural heritage, and the international response. The seminar will then consider China’s recent commitment to discovery, identification and protection of underwater cultural heritage both in its own waters and globally. The seminar will conclude with comment on recent issues involving wreck recovery in South East Asia and questions on the future for policy and law affecting underwater cultural heritage and in particular wreck in the region.

Crew of Russian ship remembered 104 years after Battle of Penang

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Source: Free Malaysia Today 20181101

via Free Malaysia Today, 1 November 2018: A story about a World War I naval battle in Penang… and I believe the shipwreck is still there to this day.

Source: Free Malaysia Today 20181101

Source: Free Malaysia Today 20181101

The Battle of Penang was a brief but deadly action now largely forgotten locally but still marked by the Russians every year.

The battle was mentioned numerous times by Vladimir Putin on his 2003 presidential visit to Malaysia, and on Saturday members of the Russian diplomatic mission to Malaysia remembered the loss of 88 Russian sailors aboard the cruiser Zhemchug (Pearl) during the battle.

Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, allied ships from Britain, France and Russia were in and around Penang harbour. One of these was the Russian cruiser Zhemchug, in Penang for repairs to her boilers.

Source: Crew of Russian ship remembered 104 years after Battle of Penang | Free Malaysia Today

[Lecture] Treasures of the Deep: Maritime Archaeology in Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific

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The Chinese University of Hong kong by e X p o s e / Shutterstock

Readers in Hong Kong may be interested in this talk by Bill Jeffery on maritime archaeology in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific.

The Chinese University of Hong kong by e X p o s e / Shutterstock

The Chinese University of Hong kong by e X p o s e / Shutterstock

Treasures of the Deep: Maritime Archaeology in Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific (in English)
Prof. Bill Jeffery (Assistant Professor, University of Guam)
Date:16 Nov 2018
Time:4:00-6:00 pm
Venue: LT4 Esther Lee Building, Chung Chi College, CUHK

Maritime archaeology is a relatively new discipline in the anthropology field. As was the case in archaeology, maritime archaeology commenced with a fascination and collection of curios or antiquities and not always with a motivation to preserve and study the archaeological record for the benefit of the general public. Collectors and treasure hunters have taken their toll on terrestrial and underwater sites, recovering and collecting artefacts for selling or keeping as personal possessions. Sites such as Nanhai No.1 in China contain a wealth of information about trade in the 13th century, and other sites throughout China, Korea and parts of South East Asia well illustrate the trade and the types of ships that were used throughout the region, and further afield. The Hong Kong waters, located in a significant part of the maritime silk road, could potentially contain sites of great interest in China’s maritime activities. The recent find of a Song Dynasty anchor stock in Hong Kong waters is a tantalizing link in these activities and perhaps indicative of things to come. It reveals Hong Kong’s maritime cultural landscape and seascape is worthy of exploring in greater detail, where the more than 70,000 scuba divers could be of great assistance. This talk will discuss these issues and activities in addition to placing the region’s maritime archaeology into the world context, particularly in association with UNESCO and its Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Register here.

Opportunity: The MaP Practicum Grants 2018

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via the MaP Fund. Grants available for attending an advanced practicum in Maritime Archaeology. Candidates from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are encouraged to apply.

In order to further the objectives of the MaP Fund we are offering two (2) grants (each of up to AU$1,000) for:

one (1) early career researcher (less then 5 years since award of PhD) or early career practitioner (less than 5 years working) who is working as a maritime archaeologist or in a closely related position for a museum, university or government agency in Asia or the Pacific (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand)

AND

one (1) graduate or postgraduate student resident in Asia or the Pacific  region (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand).and who is currently studying either maritime archaeology OR archaeology and who intends to go on to study maritime archaeology.

Applicants living and working in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are particularly encouraged to apply

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[Paper] Portable X-ray fluorescence analysis of ceramic covered boxes from the 12th/13th-century Java Sea Shipwreck

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via Journal of Archaeological Science Reports: Portable XRF analysis of Qingbai from the Java Sea Shipwreck.

Forty-one ceramic boxes from the twelfth- or thirteenth-century Java Sea Shipwreck were analyzed at the Elemental Analysis Facility at Chicago’s Field Museum using nondestructive portable x-ray fluorescence (PXRF). Twenty-two samples have a qingbai-type glaze and nineteen are painted ware with painted black decorations originally covered by a lead-based green glaze. The goals of the analysis were to (1) test whether visually similar ceramics shared similar elemental compositions; (2) identify ceramics that might have been made at different kiln sites (or from different paste recipes); and (3) determine if compositional groups in the ceramic dataset differentiated using PXRF are archaeologically meaningful. Based on this study, although PXRF can be successfully used to some degree to differentiate between different groups of qingbai-type ceramics, more research needs to be done on its applicability to painted ware pastes.

Source: Portable X-ray fluorescence analysis of ceramic covered boxes from the 12th/13th-century Java Sea Shipwreck: A preliminary investigation – ScienceDirect

100-year-old steamship found in Thai waters

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Rayong streamship window. Source: Ministry of Culture Thailand

via Thairath, 03 September 2018: News reports of a 100-year-old steamship found in the waters of Rayong. The shipwreck is not a new discovery – but there are some interesting pictures of the finds. There is a particularly interesting account by a diver saying that no fisherman or diver go near the site for fear of the paranormal. The article is in Thai.

Rayong streamship window. Source: Ministry of Culture Thailand

Rayong streamship window. Source: Ministry of Culture Thailand

Source: ตะลึง! นักโบราณคดี พบเรือกลไฟ 100 ปี จมใต้ทะเลระยอง

Bringing salvaged wooden ships and artifacts back to life with ‘smart’ nanotech

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via ScienceDaily, 21 August 2018: Not about Southeast Asia, but of interest to underwater archaeologists. A possible way to preserve wood recovered from underwater contexts through the use of smart nanocomposite particles.

When a shipwreck is brought up from the sea depths, the wood quickly starts deteriorating. Scientists are reporting a novel way to use ‘smart’ nanocomposites to conserve a 16th-century British warship, the Mary Rose, and its artifacts. The new approach could help preserve other salvaged ships by eliminating harmful acids without damaging the wooden structures themselves.

Source: Bringing salvaged wooden ships and artifacts back to life with ‘smart’ nanotech

UK investigates fresh reports of looting of sunken navy ships

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via The Guardian, 19 August 2018: UK Government investigating the looting of sunken navy ships in Malaysian and Indonesian waters.

Infographic on shipwrecks in Malaysian and Indoensian waters from the Daily Mail, 18 August 2018

Infographic on shipwrecks in Malaysian and Indoensian waters from the Daily Mail, 18 August 2018

Gavin Williamson says UK will work closely with Indonesia and Malaysia over claims Second World War ships have been plundered

Source: UK investigates fresh reports of looting of sunken navy ships

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