Friday, October 22, 2004


Denmark offer a degree programme in marine archaeology


The Copenhagen Post

Denmark is about to become the third country in the world - and only the second in Europe - to offer a degree programme in marine archaeology

The University of Southern Denmark's Esbjerg campus will soon offer a new, internationally renowned degree programme in marine archaeology, thanks to a DKK 3.2 million (430,000 euros)-foundation grant.

Denmark will become only the second country in Europe to offer a marine archaeology programme.

Professor Poul Holm from the Center for Maritime and Regional Studies was contacted by representatives of the foundation, which granted the money for the programme on condition of anonymity.

The curriculum will combine elements of natural science, biology, history and deep-sea diving. Marine archaeology studies are currently offered only in the United States and England - despite tremendous demand for trained marine archaeologists all over the world.

Denmark is home to some 12,000 registered shipwrecks, as well as numerous Stone Age sites in waters around the Little Belt and Southern Funen.

Amateur divers have uncovered various artifacts at these sites over the years, and Professor Poul Holm expects the newly systematic, scientific approach of the marine archaeology programme to benefit the study and preservation of these objects.

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