HUMA Maritime archaeology Gotland
Lectures on Länsmuseet
'Dutch Shipbuilding and the adoption of carvel shipbuilding in Northern Europe' and 'International cooperation and international agreements on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage'
Länsmuseet and the HUMA project welcomes Professor Thijs Maarleveld (University of Southern Denmark) to Gotland to give two lectures in August.
The first lecture will take place on Thursday August 14th at Länsmuseet Gotland (Sävesalen). The lecture starts at 17.30 and cost 75 SEK. Please be aware that the lectures are in English.
The content of the first lecture can be summarized as follows:
The trade between the Baltic and the North Sea seems to have had a strong unifying influence on northern European shipbuilding technology. As a condition for intensive relations and economic growth, technology is quite often cited as a ‘trigger’ for development. This applies both to the high Middle Ages and early modern times. What, however, do we know? The adoption of ‘carvel’ shipbuilding in Northern Europe undoubtedly has been an important fact. How does technological innovation affect the region? Detailed analysis of archaeological ship remains shows that different traditions existed side by side and that it is not a simple ‘transfer of technology’ as suggested in historical thinking. While detailed research is presented, generalizations will also be given, on the basis of these new lines of analysis. Underwater archaeology gives us a completely new and different set of data.
During week 34 another lecture will be held (follow this link to see the exact time: http://www.lansmuseetgotland.se/1045). The subject of the second lecture will be protection of the underwater cultural heritage:
Underwater archaeology is frequently associated with finding treasures of the deep. Unfortunately, this frequently results in adventures for the benefit of the treasure-hunter rather than for the benefit of society as a whole. Treasure-hunting, stealing of heritage and appropriation follow the logic of eighteenth and nineteenth century imperialism, rather than adjusting to the role of heritage in the 21st century. Operators sweet talk governments into providing exclusive rights and museums into opportunistic acquisitions. With respect to the underwater cultural heritage respectful approaches start to be common in relationship to ‘activities that may incidentally affect’ that heritage. Consideration is integrated in impact assessments relating to the development of onshore and offshore projects alike. With respect to ‘activities targeted at’ underwater cultural heritage, the situation is remarkably more awkward. The development of an international system of protection of underwater cultural heritage tries to correct that. Central is the fact that in 2001 a Convention was concluded at UNESCO. The background of the negotiations will be discussed, as well as the consequences for international relations, recreational diving and souvenir hunting on holidays.
A little information about the lecturer:
Thijs J. Maarleveld (1953) used to be Head of the division of Maritime Heritage of the National Service for Archaeological Heritage (ROB) in the Netherlands and lecturer in maritime archaeology at Leiden University before he was appointed as Professor of Maritime Archaeology at SDU in 2006. His research interests include the appreciation of heritage in present-day society, the filters that apply to the production of archaeological knowledge and the understanding of cultural choices in complex technology. Maritime environments and shipbuilding technology define his focus.
Welcome to two interesting evenings in the name of maritime archaeology!