N.E.R.D. Underwater Conference

On Friday the 21st of November we started the weekend having a guided tour in the aquarium of the IFM GEOMAR around 2pm. During the tour the participants were able to watch typical animals from the Baltic and North Sea and to touch starfishes and sea urchins. Clearly the highlight of the tour was watching the seals at the end of the tour. After that the group walked to the Maritime Museum of Kiel, where we started a short trip guided through the city. The trip required a lot of imagination, cause most of the old center of Kiel was bombarded and heavily destroyed during World War II.

In the evening we met up again with most of the participants for the official reception in the Institute for Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology of the Christian Albrechts-University (CAU) in Kiel. We want to express special thanks to the State Secretary of Science of Schleswig-Holstein Mr. Rolf Fischer, Mrs. Anja Pistor-Hatam the Vice-President of the CAU Kiel, Mr. Ulrich Müller from the Institute for Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology of the CAU Kiel for their kind welcome speech, which are partially attached. As well we want to thank Mr. Roland Friedrich for the introduction and Mr. Thomas Grundmann for his short insight in the achievements of the treatment of diving caused ear, nose and throat injuries. After this official part there was the opportunity for the participants to meet each other in a relaxed atmosphere having a couple of drinks in the library of the Institute for Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology.


The second day, Saturday the 22nd November, the lectures in the conference room of the International Center of the CAU Kiel started with speeches concerning use and distribution of logboats as well as different methods, which could and should be used in future underwaterarchaeological fieldwork. After the first coffee break we heard lectures about the submerged settlements in Austria and the potential of artificial lakes for archaeology. In the afternoon we heard about the ancient harbours at the italian coast of the Adria and the harbour of Schleswig. After another coffee break we started with lectures to the North Sea region, which informed about the special work conditions, the historical background and shipbuilding during the 16th century in that region.

In the evening we headed for the restaurant Fuego del Sur, where we had a nice dinner. Afterwards we sat in loose groups talking together until 4 am in the morning.

On Sunday the 23rd November we started the day with another lecture to the nordic shipbuilding in the modern period before we changed to lectures with a mediterranean setting about scattered wrecksites, harbour and sheltersites in Montenegro and the famous Marsala-Shipwrecks.

We’d like to thank every speaker for their interesting and scientific lectures as well as every participant for their interested participation in the discussions afterwards! Shortly after the conference we have seen that most of the participants were connected via social media. So we are thrilled that the major goal of the conference to establish a network of young researchers was achieved. Hopefully this network encourages the scientific exchange and may initiate joint projects.

Programm program




New European Researches and Discoveries
in Underwaterarchaeology Conference

Herausgegeben von

M. Christ/J. Enzmann/F. Jürgens/F. Steffensen/J. Ulrich/F. Wilkes

ISBN: 978-3-7749-4055-0



Franziska Steffensen, Feiko Wilkes
Two recent AMLA projects: Excerpt of the lecture at the N.E.R.D. conference
A logboat in the Schlei fjord/Underwater prospections on the mesolithic site Strande LA 163

Miran Erič, Gregor Berginc, Rok Kovačič, Kristijan Celec
A short review of the application of 3D documentation methods on selected UW heritage sites
in Slovenia and the Adriatic: the need for changes in methodology

Helena Novak
Neolithic Lake Settlements. A new UNESCO World Heritage leads to the emerging
of underwater- and wetland-research in Austria

Marie-Claire Ries
New Research on a waterlogged Bronze Age Settlement in Lake Attersee (Austria)

Marina Nuovo
Roman harbours: coastal and underwater landscapes in the central-southern Adriatic Sea

Julia Goldhammer, Martina Karle
A fish trap basket from Belum (Ldkr. Cuxhaven). Excerpt from the presentation
“Archaeology in the Wadden: Submarine Archaeology without a diving suit”

Margaret Logan
A Study of a 16th-century wooden vessel from the Netherlands

Philipp Grassel
Late Hanseatic seafaring from Hamburg and Bremen to Iceland, the Faeroe Islands and Shetland

Alexander Cattrysse
Deviating from the Course: Clinker Deviations in Northern-European Carvel Shipbuilding