Annual Underwater Archaeology Training Programs (2009 - 2012)
The forth underwater archaeology training program conducted by the MAU to give a theoretical and practical knowledge for future archaeologists was held in January 2012. Seventeen undergraduates from 04 universities participated for this 10 day onsite training program. These undergraduates (University of Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Ruhuna and Sri Jayawardhanapura) were accommodated in side the Galle fort during the training program.
The program was designed to give an overall knowledge about underwater archaeology, particularly about the field work. Introduction and the theoretical lectures were given before they were put in to the field work. The old jetty area of the Galle harbour was used as the training site. The structures and the old barge situated near one of these jetties was use for measuring and recording.This was the first time these students were exposed to this new field. Each student was given an individual and group task to fulfil during the end of the training.
Students were also given a special training and a practicum on artefact conservation. After they were introduced to the basics of the conservation techniques, some of the non fragile and unimportant artefacts were given to them for practice.
Participants who can swim well were brought in to the snorkel training and let them to have some experience around the reef areas. The students were allowed to use the equipments and tools used for diving and for the field, during their practical work.
The first training program was held in July 2009. Twenty archaeology special degree students from 04 universities participated for the program. Five undergraduates from each university (University of Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Sri Jayawardhanapura and Ruhuna) were also accommodated in side the Galle fort during the training program. The second program was held in August 2010 with 13 under graduate students.