There are several academic conferences focusing specifically on maritime archaeology. The largest annual conference is the Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA), which draws maritime archaeologists from around the world and hosts the annual Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) meeting. The first maritime archaeology conference was the Conference on Underwater Archaeology in 1963, organized by the ACUA. In 1970 a joint conference was held between SHA and ACUA, which continues to this day, with a memorandum of agreement created between the two in 2003. Approximately half of the SHA’s annual conference is composed of maritime archaeology sessions.
There are several maritime archaeology specific conferences of importance. The International Congress on Underwater Archaeology, known as IKUWA, was started in Germany in 1999 and has been followed by meetings in Switzerland (2004), United Kingdom (2008), Croatia (2011), and Spain (2014).
The North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) annual conference draws maritime archaeologists from around North American, though there are often international papers as well.
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Call for papers! The SCAPE/NAS conference on coastal and maritime archaeology will be held in Scotland in November. Themes include: new research; impacts of climate change upon the resource and Scotland’s maritime legacy. Check out the Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsCoastalHeritageAtRisk) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/CoastArch)...read more
The IKUWA Conference in Australia will be hosting a two day photogrammetry workshop. Sign up and learn how to record your sites in 3D! Check out the program...read more
The next IKUWA conference will be held in Fremantle, West Australia, from November 28-December 2, 2016. It will be hosted by the Western Australian Museum and marks the first time the conference has been outside of Europe. Visit the IKUWA6 conference page for more...read more
The Programme for ISBSA 14 has been arranged. 71 papers and 30 posters are going to be presented during the week of 21–25 September in historic Gdansk, Poland. The main themes are: Ships and Ships Finds in the Baltic, Maritime Landscapes and Harbour Installations, Recent Discoveries of Remarkable Ship Finds or Significant Sources, Research Methods, Studies in Ship Construction, Experimental Nautical Archaeology; Bark, Skin, Logboats and Far Eastern Vessels. You can find a copy of the provisional programme and registration form at the ISBSA...read more
The Royal Archaeological Institute’s annual conference will be held at the University of Southampton and titled Ships and Shore-lines: Maritime Archaeology for the 21st Century on 16 – 18 October 2015. Organised by the Royal Archaeological Institute, in association with the University of Southampton Lifelong Learning Programme and the Centre for Maritime Archaeology. Visit the conference page...read more
The Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Group, at the University of Southampton, welcomes attendees to its maritime based Post-Graduate and early career researchers symposium: Beyond the Sea (29th -20th of May, 2015). Following on from the successful Land and Sea conferences, the new symposium (Beyond the Sea) addresses the following topics: Maritime Technology (including shipwrecks), Heritage Management, Submerged Landscapes, Ports & Harbours and New Technologies/Methodologies....read more
On the 26th of April 2015, the Winchelsea Archaeological Society (WAS) and members of the archaeology department of the University of Southampton are holding a one-day conference titled ‘Medieval Ports, Ships and Sailors‘. The central theme of the day will be the changing relationships between medieval cargo ships, waterfront infrastructure and the built-up town environment. Program: 09:00 Registration and coffee 10:00 Welcome by the Winchelsea Archaeological Society 10:10 Prof. David Hinton (University of...read more