Master of Professional Science

Underwater Archaeology

Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage (MUCH)

Over half of the world’s population resides in growing coastal areas. These areas are major economic engines, supporting port and shipping, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, and oil and gas mining activities. Balancing economic activities with non-renewable, submerged, cultural resources is a major challenge facing resource managers in the 21st Century. Similarly, adaptation to climate change, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and hurricanes also pose challenges for underwater cultural resource managers, in addition to threats imposed by commercial salvors. The MPS Underwater Archaeology track, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH), is primarily technical, and will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as legal aspects of submerged cultural resource management, marine protected areas, environmental impact assessment, and remote sensing surveys. While not a requirement, the opportunity to become an AAUS Science Diver is also available. Students also will have opportunities to engage in internships with private, public or non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) and conduct relevant fieldwork.

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Field Techniques in Prehistoric Underwater Archaeological Excavation History of Seafaring
Techniques of Marine Archaeological Survey and Recording Introduction to Marine Cultural Resource Management
Research Diving and Boat Handling Introduction to Marine GIS
Advanced Underwater Acoustics /Or ELECTIVE Coastal Zone Management /Or ELECTIVE

Other Electives:
Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures
Bayesian Statistics
Coastal Law and Policy
Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement
Geological and Environmental Remote Sensing
International Ocean Law
Scientific Communication