h e Centre for Underwater
Archaeology has been at the forefront of Ukrainian underwater archaeology
for over 15 years. It was born in 1990 and since has been serving as an
Ukrainian educational body on issues relating to underwater archaeology
and submerged cultural resources exploration. It is working to educate
students, avocationals, sport divers, and the general public about
underwater archaeology and the preservation of underwater resources. The
CUA’s specialists assist the Department of the Underwater Cultural
Heritage in organizing Conferences on Historical and Underwater
Archaeology and produce special thematic issues on underwater archaeology.
The Centre cooperatively with Department developed a first manual on
underwater archaeology in Ukrainian language.
In 1991 the
Centre began studying Crimean’s shipwrecks in order to identify types and
locations of reported underwater archaeological resources. Over ten
shipwrecks were identified in Crimea waters. This initial inventory was
used to assess the potential for underwater archaeological resources in
given areas to aid in planning archaeological field survey.
Since 1991 the
CUA has surveyed, mapped, and documented more than five underwater
archaeological sites. These sites have ranged from submerged port and
harbors to medieval commercial ships. Scientific reports and papers,
popular articles and essays are published by CUA in various archaeological
editions. Reports on excavations and materials are usually stored in the
archive of the Ukrainian Institute of Archaeology.
Archaeology helps us understand our past. Knowledge of the people who live
in Ukraine today, and those who lived here in the past, adds missing
information to complete the puzzle of human history.