University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, MA

Course Description

1.Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Museums & Underwater Cultural Heritage

Academic Program: Museum Studies Program, MA in Museum Studies

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                    Elective  

Hours/week: 3     theoretical:  2      practical:  2

Credit Hours: 3

2.Course Aims

This course aims to:

New directions in the study of Underwater Cultural Heritage have moved the emphasis away from excavation towards assessment, monitoring, conservation and presentation. Accordingly, this course aims to:

1. Investigate fundamental issues of legislation, education and public perception of underwater archaeological site.

2. Examine current management strategies

3. Develop an understanding of how UCH is located within society.

4. Discuss how UCH is accessed by, and represented to, the public.   .

The initial focus of the unit will be on Egypt, but this will be broaden to encompass the management approach of other countries and the problems of quantifying, managing and protecting UCH sites beyond territorial seas.

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

What is underwater cultural heritage.

How underwater sites can be managed and disseminated

Protection of underwater sites and museums.

b. Intellectual Skills

International perspectives to the protection of underwater archaeological sites

UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

c. Professional Skills

Museums and maritime archaeology: international perspective

d. General & Transferable skills

Preservation and presentation of underwater cultural heritage

4. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

-        History of UCH in Egypt.

-        The development of antiquities legislation in Egypt

-        International perspectives to the protection of underwater archaeological sites

UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

-        Treasure Hunting and Commercial Archaeology

-        Underwater Cultural Heritage and the media

-        Urban development and coastal zone management in Egypt

-        In-situ preservation of underwater cultural heritage

-        Museums and maritime archaeology: international perspective

-        Public access to Underwater Cultural Heritage

-        Virtual exhibits of underwater archaeology

-        Preservation and presentation of underwater cultural heritage

-        Funding management plans for UCH

5.Teaching and Learning Methods

-        Lectures

-        Discussions

-        Individual activities

-        Group and researches and presentations

-        Visits to museums and archaeological sites.

6.Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

-        Lectures

-        Discussions

-        Individual activities

-        Group and researches and presentations

-        Visits to museums and archaeological sites.

7.Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

Students' presentations, reports, exam.

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Class presentation on Management Plan

8

15%

Site Management Report

12

25%

Final Exam

15

60%

8.List of References

a. Core readings:

-        Ambrose, T. & Pain, C. 1993.  Museum Basics. Routledge, London

-        Hooper-Greenhill, E. 1992. Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge. Routledge, London     

-        Howard, P. 2003. Heritage; Management, Interpretation, Identity. Continuum, New York          

-        International Council on Monuments and Sites in Danger. 2006. Heritage at Risk "Special Edition"; Underwater Cultural Heritage at Risk: Managing Natural and Human Impact. ICOMOS, Paris

-        McKercher, B. & Du Cros, H. 2002. Cultural Tourism; The Partnership Between Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management. Routledge Group, New York

-        Mostafa, M. H. &Grimal, N. & Nakashima, D. 2000. Underwater Archaeology and Coastal management; Focus on Alexandria. UNESCO Publishing, Paris

-        Muckelroy, K. W. 1980. Preservation: Past, Present, and Future, in Muckelroy (ed.) Archaeology Underwater. London: McGraw Hill.

-        Pomeroy-Kellinger, M. & Scott, L. 2004-2005. Recent Developments in Research and Management at World Heritage Site. Oxford Archaeology, Oxford   

-        Prott, L. V. &Planche, E. & Roca-Hanchem, R. 2000. Background Materials on the Protection of the Underwater Culture Heritage. UNESCO Publishing, Paris   

-        Satchell, J. & Palma, P. 2007. Managing the Marine Cultural Heritage; Defining, accessing and Managing the Resource. Council for British Archaeology, York

-        Spirek, J. D. & Scott-Ireton, D. A. 2003. The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology; Submerged Cultural Resource Management: Preserving and Interpreting Our Sunken Maritime Heritage. Kluwer Academic & Plenum Publishers, New York

-        Staniforth, M.& Hyde, M. 2000. Maritime Archaeology in Australia: A Reader. Southern Archaeology. South Australia

-        The ICOMOS Charter on the Protection and Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage (Ratified 1996..

-        UNESCO. 2001. The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. UNESCO Publishing, Paris

9.Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

History of UCH in Egypt.

 

1

 

 

 

 

The development of antiquities legislation in Egypt

2

 

 

 

 

International perspectives to the protection of underwater archaeological sites

UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

3

 

 

c-2

d-1

Treasure Hunting and Commercial Archaeology

4

 

 

 

d-2

Underwater Cultural Heritage and the media

5

 

 

c-1

d-3

Urban development and coastal zone management in Egypt

6

 

 

c-1

d-3

Midterm exam

7

 

 

 

 

In-situ preservation of underwater cultural heritage

8

 

 

 

d-1

Museums and maritime archaeology: international perspective

9

 

 

c-3

d-2

Public access to Underwater Cultural Heritage

10

 

 

c-3

d-2

Virtual exhibits of underwater archaeology

11

 

 

 

d-1

Preservation and presentation of underwater cultural heritage

12

 

 

c-3

d-3

Presentation by the students

13

 

 

 

d-1

Funding management plans for UCH

14

 

 

 

d-4

Final Exam

15