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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

Sort-of-Annual Noble Duck Race

The ACUA is hosting the 3rd Sort-of-Annual Noble Duck Race for the SHA 2022 Philadelphia conference. All proceeds go directly to the ACUA’s student travel and scholarship programs (ACUA Student Awards). Winning duck owners receive Starbucks gift cards. PURCHASE your specially bred and trained duck for ten (10) shiny U.S. dollars each. Buy as many as you like. Increase your odds and fill your duck stable! Don’t miss out -ducks will only be on sale until Saturday, January 8, 2pm CST or until they sell out!

ACUA Photo & Video Contest Voting Now Open

We invite all SHA members to participate, not just conference attendees! Browse each of the images and select one from each category as your favorite. We have 40 amazing photo entries and 4 great videos! Scroll down to see them all! Voting runs through Thursday, 4 pm, January 6! Winning entries will also get a free Duck in the Duck Race! Vote now PHOTO CONTEST 2022

Recent Deep Thoughts

Access through Proceedings: A Brief history of the ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings

The publication of the Underwater Archaeology Proceedings has been on a long and winding road, from the first effort in 1963 to the latest in 2021 in the midst of a global pandemic. Sheli Smith and Annalies Corbin provide a great recap.

It Belongs in a Museum! Does it really?

Does it really belong in a museum? Bert Ho tackles that question as museums, archaeologists, curators, and conservators struggle with limited space, less funding, and harder decisions.

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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