ASEAN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP 2018
ON APPLYING GIS IN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY


ASEAN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP 2018
ON APPLYING GIS IN UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY

19th – 26th February 2018

ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA)
Sirindhorn Center for Geo-informatics (SCGI) Building
Space Krenovation Park (SKP), Sriracha, Chonburi, THAILAND


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Underwater Archaeology is considered a multi-disciplinary applying other sciences to achieve archaeology objectives. Recently, Geographic Information System or GIS has become an innovative tool for several sectors such as natural resources, environments, agricultures, disasters and other applications. Appling GIS for an underwater archaeology is a great opportunity to demonstrate the potential of GIS technology for future management of archaeology.

This is because the main principle of GIS is related to database, spatial dataset, and attribute data, which can develop an integration of underwater archaeological knowledge. In addition, applying GIS in underwater archaeology also enables us to gain an ability of archaeological knowledge management in order to establish standardisation in underwater archaeology in terms of information sharing. Furthermore, the benefaction of GIS and Remote Sensing Technology can be applied to underwater archaeological survey, excavation, and archaeological site monitoring. Combining with Remote Sensing technology, Side Scan Sonar, Multi beam Sonar, LIDAR, Bathymetry or even Subsurface Dataset, is also very useful for this field. Therefore, applying GIS technology in underwater archaeological work does not only support underwater archaeological database management but also indirectly reduce risks and provide safety for divers and explorers.

Currently, the Underwater Archaeology Division, Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture, Thailand, on behalf of, UNESCO ASIA-PACIFIC Centre for underwater archaeology was successful in underwater cultural heritage trainings in the region especially in the last 2 years. In addition, the Underwater Archaeology Division arranged the successful international workshop on recording ship construction and conservation of material culture from the sea in 2014 and the international workshop on an underwater archaeology excavation in 2015.

Thus, the underwater archaeology Division realizes that the international workshop provided a large number of benefit to the state members of ASEAN. For this reason, in 2018 Underwater Archaeology Division is going to establish “ASEAN Underwater Archaeology Workshop on Applying GIS in Underwater Archaeology 2018” aiming to increase efficiency for ASEAN participants in using GIS for underwater archaeology.

OBJECTIVE

  1. To establish the knowledge of applying Geographical Information System for Underwater Archaeology.
  2. To Encourage participants to design standard database of underwater archaeology using GIS software.
  3. To Establish connection between ASEAN state members in this field.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  1. Participants can apply Geographical Information System in Underwater Archaeology
  2. Participants properly familiarize with GIS Software
  3. The establishment of connection between ASEAN state members

LOCATION

  1. Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatic (SCGI) Siracha District, Chonburi Province, Thailand
  2. Mannok Shipwreck Site, Klaeng District, Rayong Province, Thailand

DURATION

19th – 26th February 2018 (Travel included)

ORGANIZER

Underwater Archaeology Division, Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture, Thailand.

ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA)

Geo-Informatics & Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization)