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DeepArch - Beginnings
David A. Mindell

December 30, 1997


This is the germ of an e-mail list for the Black Sea surveys in the summer of '98. I hope to use it as a general means of communication, perhaps also as a forum for relevant discussion. It should grow beyond its current small size, so please send me names of people who should be involved.

I'd like to begin a "Working group on deep-water archaeology," to begin familiarizing ourselves with some of the intellectual issues here, everything from ancient Sinop to technology development. Such a group will meet regularly in a seminar format at MIT, perhaps one afternoon per month, and we can use it as a forum to present our own work and begin learning about what each other is doing. A number of topics for such sessions already suggest themselves:

-Results of Skerki Bank '97

-Results of Black Sea Land Surveys, '96, '97

-Methodology in deep-sea archaeology

-Academic background to Black Sea trade (i.e. Why is it important?)

-Oceanography of the Black Sea

-Introduction to sonar survey technologies

Obviously, there can be many more. My approach would be to plan a few at first and leave a few more open, so we can invite people for things which emerge as important. More ideas are welcome.

Happy New Year!





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