Diving into Research. A Talk about the NEENAWA Scientific Diving Course and a resulting new Project at Lake Ohrid.

Emmenegger, Lea; Hostettler, Marco; Reich, Johannes; Stäheli, Corinne (2 May 2018). Diving into Research. A Talk about the NEENAWA Scientific Diving Course and a resulting new Project at Lake Ohrid. (Unpublished). In: Southeast European and Swiss Network in Wetland Archaeology. Bern. 02.05 - 04.05.2018.

A central part of the Institutional Partnership (SCOPES) “Network in Eastern
European Neolithic and Wetland Archaeology” (NEENAWA, 2015–2018) was a
European Scientific Diver (ESD) course, realized in summer 2017. Together with
participants from Russia, the Ukraine and the FY Republic of Macedonia we, four
Bernese students, successfully absolved the examination which was held under
the conditions of the German commission for Scientific Diving (KFT).
The first part of this presentation will show what it means to be trained as
a scientific diver under European law, to give an idea of what we did during our
course and what the advantages of an education within the framework of the
European Scientific Diving Panel are. The course has been conducted at the Bay
of Bones, a Bronze Age pile dwelling settlement on the shore of Lake Ohrid, FY
Republic of Macedonia.
The second part gives an outlook on the new prospects that the ESD course
opened for us. With colleagues we met during this course and NEENAWA
project, we have started to plan new research activities. The aim was to apply
scientific diving as a method to bring forward dendrochronology where it has not
been used so far. We chose the Bay of Bones at Lake Ohrid as research site.
During the ESD-course a small survey was carried out which already raised several
questions we want to explore further. In about 5 m depth lie well-preserved
cultural layers with thousands of piles and artifacts. Until now the chronology of
this site is mainly based on ceramic typology.
The goal of the project is to change this by applying combined dendrochronology
and radiocarbon dating. As a method, photogrammetry together with a
combination of a standard grid on the lake floor and DGPS will be used. This
allows systematic, fast documentation resulting in a georeferenced map of the
sampled piles.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Hostettler, Marco; Reich, Johannes and Stäheli, Corinne Silvia

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marco Hostettler

Date Deposited:

03 Aug 2020 11:37

Last Modified:

03 Aug 2020 11:37

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145469

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