Even though universities in the Netherlands do not offer a Master in Maritime Archaeology, archaeology students from Leiden University do get the chance to explore their interest in maritime archaeology in the course Heritage, Archaeology and Maritime Landscapes. A total of 23 students, from the tracks Archaeological Heritage in World Context and Archaeological Heritage in a Globalising World, attended the MA course this semester.
With this group we visited the Batavia Wharf on Saturday the 10th of November. The wharf, part of the maritime experience Batavia Land, is a perfect place for students to see how a large 17th century ship was constructed and how life on board would have been. As a bonus, John McCarthy, a PHD-candidate from Flinders University, joined us and explained about his work on the third documentation of contemporary Dutch East Indiamen ship models. He elaborated on the work he did on the Melkmeid, a 17th century Dutch flute ship in Danish service that sank in Icelandic waters.
According to tradition the course will be closed with a role-playing game on the 14th of December. The game involves a maritime heritage management dilemma with archaeologists, constructors, government officials and volunteers in the underwater archaeology.