The MIT Deep Water Archaeology Research Group, DeepArch, is developing methodology for archaeological investigations in the deepest parts of the world's oceans (to 6,000m deep) using advanced sensors, robotics, and submersibles. DeepArch conducts research that includes archaeologists, historians, engineers, and oceanographers, so that the challenge of working in deep water can be approached from all angles. Leaders in these fields are brought together through lectures, conferences, and expeditions, to investigate the tools and methods needed to study this complex discipline. In addition, DeepArch believes in the education of a new generation of archaeologists and engineers, and we participate in a number of educational opportunities, including public lectures and ROV competitions.

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2nd Annual MATE ROV Competition
19-21 June 2003

Z-Center, MIT

DeepArch is hosting the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) national ROV competition at the new MIT Zesiger Center. High school and college students from around the country have been working on their vehicles for a year, and the teams that will compete at MIT have already been winners at regional qualifying competitions. This event will see some twenty teams of budding engineers test their wits against each other in fun and exciting trials at the bottom of the new MIT pool.

In addition, there will be a series of guest lectures, including our very own Claire Calcagno. Come support the teams and listen to the speakers on archaeology and technology!

Thursday, 19 June
8:30-10am, Room 34-101, Martin Bowen, WHOI, Research Associate and ROV pilot
1:45-2:30pm, Room 34-101, Marty Klein, pioneer in the development of side scan sonar and founder of Klein & Assoc.

Friday, 20 June
1:15-2pm, Room 34-101, Claire Calcagno, DeepArch Visiting Scholar on archaeology and technology
5-7pm, Z-Center Pool, First round of ROV competition

Saturday, 21 June
9am-12pm & 1-5pm, Z-Center Pool, Second round of ROV competition

Click here for more information about the competition.

Mini-Symposium: Civil War High Tech: Excavating the Hunley and Monitor
John Broadwater (NOAA), Director & Chief Archaeologist, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Maria Jacobsen, Chief Archaeologist, Hunley Project
Brendan Foley (MIT), “Naval Engineering in the Civil War”
David Mindell (MIT), “Technology and Experience aboard the Monitor”
Merritt Roe Smith (MIT), moderator & commentator
April 25, 2003
1:00 - 4:00 PM, Killian Hall (MIT Building 14W Room 111)

In the last few years, archaeologists have recovered two of the Civil War’s most startling inventions: the Union ironclad warship Monitor and the Confederate submarine Hunley. Come hear about the high-tech projects that have brought these inventions to light from the deep sea, and what they teach us about technology and the Civil War.

For a video link to the mini-symposium, go to http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/122/.



Deep Water Archaeology Research Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. Rm e51-194
Cambridge, MA 02139



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