Thursday, May 24, 2012


The AIMA Shipwreck Photography Competition is continuing in 2012. Visit or for full terms and conditions.


Book your place now! The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology will be offering an "Introduction to Maritime Archaeology" (Part 1) training course to be held on June 2-3, 2012. The course will be held on Flinders Campus in Room 112 (Arch Lab). This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in Maritime Archaeology to learn more about the field. The course is offered through the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) and is internationally sanctioned through the UK-based Nautical Archaeology Society. It is one of a 4-part training scheme and consists of several lectures delivered over a 2-day period in a classroom environment. Subsequent parts in the series (to be offered at a later time, depending on interest) involve the application of acquired skills to actual sites underwater. The cost for the course is $120 for students and $165 for non-students. Upon completion of the Part 1 course, participants will be given membership to the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, will be registered with the Nautical Archaeology Society and will be cleared to volunteer on many professional maritime archaeological projects. More info can be found on the AIMA website: or email Spaces in the course are limited, so reserve yours now!


Queen Elizabeth re-opened the 19th century British Tea Clipper Cutty Sark, five years after the historic three-masted ship was ravaged by fire. The ship has now been restored to its former glory at a cost of $78.6m. The Cutty Sark will stand at Greenwich Docks in south London.


Three US warships sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea in World War II have been declared protected historic sites. Heritage Minister Tony Burke said that the USS Lexington, USS Sims and USS Neosho all served as a reminder of the close ties between the United States and Australia.

SUHR is now the SAAS

The SUHR is no longer! SUHR is now the SAAS (South Australian Archaeology Society). The new name was accepted by members at the Society’s Special General Meeting earlier this year. According to the Society’s Facebook page (SA Archaeology Society - SAAS (formerly SUHR) ) “the society is now called the South Australian Archaeology Society Inc. (SAAS). This is an exciting step forward for the society. The new name encompasses all disciplines of archaeology allowing for greater community involvement” and “We are the South Australian Archaeology Society - SAAS (formerly the Society Underwater Historical Research - SUHR). This group is a public group for those interested in South Australia's archaeology, cultural heritage and history. We have recently changed our name from SUHR to SAAS to incorporate South Australia's wide ranging heritage and history. We are planning a big relaunch for the society and some fun and exciting events including a monthly lecture series, quiz night, master classes, field work in association with DENR (SA Dept for Environment and Natural Resources) and we hope to measure some submerged and on land historical anchors for the Big Anchor Project (