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Advisory Council on
Underwater Archaeology

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Advisory Council on
Underwater Archaeology

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Advisory Council on
Underwater Archaeology

In Memory

There is no question that the past 12 months have been challenging and stressful. To quote Kendra Kennedy in her recent post “it has also been a time of significant reflection – on life and death…” This reflection likely included a deeper appreciation for those who are important in our personal and professional lives and who have mentored, supported, and encouraged us. In a period of only a month, beginning on March 2, 2021, our close knit, but international, community of underwater archaeologists have lost pioneers and significant mentors in our field: George Bass, Thijs Maarleveld, Patrice Pomey, and Simon Keay. The members of the ACUA express our deepest condolences to their families and colleagues for these incalculable losses. We have memorial tributes to Dr. Bass and Professor Maarleveld and hope to have tributes in the near future to Dr. Pomey, renowned for his work in France, and Dr. Keay, a much admired professor at the University of Southampton, England.

Recent Deep Thoughts

Climate Change and Maritime Heritage Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Normally the ACUA Deep Thoughts Blogs are written by ACUA members. This blog is an exception because it is written by Susan Langley’s graduate student, McKenna Litynski, who organized an international virtual conference on climate change. Susan wrote the preface and McKenna provides links to the recordings. Find out more about it.
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Be the Match that Ignites the Wood

Sarah Holland speaks eloquently and personally about the value of mentoring, for both the mentor and mentee.
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Beneath the surface of our oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetlands lies a physical record of humankind preserved in prehistoric and historic shorelines, shipwrecks, inundated cities, harbors, and other traces of our past.

Core Principles

Ethics, respect, diversity and equity are the core principles around which we should all strive to lead our professional and personal lives. The ACUA strongly encourages all professional organizations to promote ethical principles, non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-racist policies among their memberships.

Vision Statement

The ACUA serves as an international advisory body on issues relating to underwater archaeology, conservation, and submerged cultural resources management. It is working to educate scholars, governments, sport divers, and the general public about underwater archaeology and the preservation of underwater resources.

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