The newly established Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Islands Graduate School of Oceanography has embarked upon a long-term research and education program in deep-sea archaeology.
The first such educationresearch program in the world.
Established in 2003 by explorer and oceanographer Robert Ballard, who earned his Ph.D. from URI, the Institute is the first in the world to combine the disciplines of oceanography, ocean engineering, maritime history, anthropology and archaeology into one academic program.
The current major focus of the Institute is a series of archaeological research projects in the Black Sea and the eastern Mediterranean.
Each of these projects uses a suite of advanced deep submergence vehicle systems and sophisticated telecommunications equipment to investigate ancient shipwrecks and flooded underwater sites dating to 7,500 B.C.
The first graduate students in the archaeological oceanography program will enter URI for the 2004-2005 academic year.
The students will face a rigorous course load a total of 92 credits are required, more than any other Ph.D. program at the University.
Graduates will earn two degrees, a masters degree in archaeology and a doctorate in oceanography.
Because of it's multi-disciplinary nature, the Institute involves a broad cross-section of URI faculty. It also draws upon faculty from other notable research institutions, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Florida State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.