isbsa 2015



Next ISBSA 15



On the basis of the decision taken by the Steering Committee ISBSA next 15 International Symposium on Boat and Ship will be held in 2018 in Marseille in France under the supervision of the Centre Camille Jullian.





ISBSA14 finished



Researchers from all over the world will come together for the 14th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology in Gdańsk from 21 – 25 September 2015. Approximately 150 scholars of boat and ship archaeology, history, ethnography and anthropology will gather to discuss current global researchissues. The organizing committee would like to thank all for coming, interesting presentations and fruitful discussion. Now we will look after the proceedings to be published in the year 2016.


Group photo of ISBSA 14 participants in front of the medieval crane in Gdańsk built in 1444 (photo: P. Jóźwiak)





Third circular



The programme
The Programme for ISBSA 14 has been arranged. You will find a copy of the programme enclosed.
In the exhibition hall leading to the room, where lunch will be served, will be abundant space for poster presentations and book displays. Plastic display boards to which posters can be affixed with adhesive gum will be provided for the poster sessions. The maximum size of posters should be bigger than that previously stated: they should not exceed 180 x 100 cm.

Symposium venue
On Sunday 20 September at 19.00 we sincerely invite for reception in Artus Court.
The symposium will be held at the conference hall in the main building of the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Gdańsk, located in former granaries on Ołowianka Island: Narodowe Muzeum Morskie, ul. Ołowianka 9–13.
The only parallel session will take place on Friday 25 September at the NMM’s Maritime Culture Centre, facing the main building, on the opposite bank of the Motława: Ośrodek Kultury Morskiej, ul Tokarska 21–25.
Symposium participants will be able to use the Motława ferry service free of charge throughout the duration of the conference. The ferry runs every 15 minutes between Crane and Granaries on Ołowianka Island for the duration of:
September 21st, Monday 8.30 – 18.00
September 22nd, Tuesday 8.30 – 18.00
September 23rd, Wednesday 8.30 – 16.00
September 24th, Thursday 8.30 – 18.00
September 25th, Friday 8.30 – 16.00
You will find a copy of the map enclosed.

How to get from the airport to Gdańsk Main Station:
You can get to the Centre by Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway Line (PKM) from Lech Walesa Airport (station name: Gdańsk Port Lotniczy) to station Gdańsk Wrzeszcz. From there to Gdańsk Main Station you can take bus or City Fast Rail (SKM) that run every few minutes.
From Lech Walesa Airport it is also possible to take taxi straight to the place of your accommodation or to the Granaries (35 min, cost around 60 zł).
There is also a city bus that runs regulary from Lech Walesa Airport (station name: Port Lotniczy) to Gdańsk Main Station (station name: Dworzec Główny), timetables can be found here and here for night courses.
From Gdańsk Main Station to symposium venue:
From Gdańsk Main Station (Dworzec Główny) it is recommended to take a taxi to your place of accommodation or straight to Granaries or Maritime Culture Centre where ISBSA 14 takes place (1200 m, 7 min, cost around 10 zł). You can also take a walk from Gdańsk Main Station to the Crane – another branch of National Maritime Museum that is next to Maritime Culture Centre (18 min, 1400 m). Then just cross the river with ferry called "Motława" in order to get to Granaries.

Gala diner
On Tuesday 22 September at 19.00 there will be Conference Dinner held in the Brovarnia Hotel Gdańsk.
For those participants wanting to request vegetarian meals or have a food allergy, please inform us at the time of registration during the symposium.

Bus ride to Gdynia
On Wednesday 23 September there will be an afternoon coach trip to Gdynia, including visits to the tall ship Dar Pomorza and the Polish Naval Museum. The cost of this excursion is included in the conference fee.

Post Symposium tour
On Saturday 26 September the organizers are planning to offer two trips to choose from.

The first will involve visits to major sites of interest associated with maritime culture in Gdańsk, including the recently opened European Solidarity Centre (ECS), founded on the site of the former Lenin Shipyard.
Departure: 9:30 Crane Szeroka Street,
Duration: c. 4 hours
Price depends on number of participants:
up to 10 people will cost 107pln / person
up to 20 people will cost 67pln / person
price include: pilot, ticket, guide in the ECS,
Optional extra paid - lunch at Amber side (ECS): about 65pln / person
Payment in cash during registration from 21.09.2015 to 23.09.2015 at the reception table

The second option will be a visit to the largest brick-built fortress in Europe – Malbork Castle – the one-time capital of the Teutonic state.
Departure: 8:30 a.m./ at the conference hall in the main building of the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Gdańsk
Arrival: at the conference hall in the main building of the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Gdańsk
Duration: c. 6 hours
Price depends on number of participants:
10-20 / 20-30 / 30-40 participants it is 210 / 145 / 140 PLN per / person
price include: ticket, transportation, guide in the castle, the pilot and supervisor during your trip, lunch at Cafe Gothic Castle
Payment in cash during registration from 21.09.2015 to 23.09.2015 at the reception table


We look forward to welcoming you in Gdańsk.





Second Circular



The programme
The Programme for ISBSA 14 has been arranged. 71 papers and 30 posters are going to be presented during the week of 21–25 September. The main themes are: Ships and Ships Finds in the Baltic, Maritime Landscapes and Harbour Installations, Recent Discoveries of Remarkable Ship Finds or Significant Sources, Research Methods, Studies in Ship Construction, Experimental Nautical Archaeology; Bark, Skin, Logboats and Far Eastern Vessels. You will find a copy of the provisional programme enclosed, as well as a registration form.

Symposium venue
The symposium will be held at the conference hall in the main building of the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Gdańsk, located in former granaries on Ołowianka Island: Narodowe Muzeum Morskie, ul. Ołowianka 9–13. The only parallel session will take place on Friday 25 September at the NMM’s Maritime Culture Centre, facing the main building, on the opposite bank of the Motława: Ośrodek Kultury Morskiej, ul Tokarska 21–25. Symposium participants will be able to use the Motława ferry service free of charge throughout the duration of the conference.

Excursions
On Wednesday 23 September there will be an afternoon coach trip to Gdynia, including visits to the tall ship Dar Pomorza, the Polish Naval Museum and the Emigration Museum. The cost of this excursion is included in the conference fee.
On Saturday 26 September the organizers are planning to offer two trips to choose from. The first will involve visits to major sites of interest associated with maritime culture in Gdańsk, including the recently opened European Solidarity Centre, founded on the site of the former Lenin Shipyard. The second option will be a visit to the largest brick-built fortress in Europe – Malbork Castle – the one-time capital of the Teutonic state.
The availability and cost of these excursions will depend on the number of people wishing to take part. Please indicate on the registration form which excursion you would like to join. The predicted cost of these excursions will be announced in the 3rd circular and payment will be taken at the time of registration during the symposium.

Registration
You are kindly requested to register before 15 July 2015. The conference fee of 510 PLN, to be paid in advance before 15 July 2015, and 550 PLN before 16 August, includes: a reception held at Artus Court in Gdańsk, conference dinner, all coffee breaks and lunches served at the Maritime Museum throughout the five days of the symposium, a coach trip to Gdynia and conference materials.

Posters and Book Display
In the entrance hall leading to the conference room there will be abundant space for poster presentations and book displays. Wooden display boards to which posters can be affixed with drawing pins will be provided for the poster sessions. The maximum size of posters should be smaller than that previously stated: they should not exceed 120 x 90 cm.

Video Show
We plan to organize a film night on Thursday, 24 September at 19:00, at the end of the 4th conference day. It will be held in the conference room. The room is equipped with modern playback devices, so it is best to bring your film in a digital format. The display time is unlimited; however, presentations of up to 30 minutes are preferred. Each participant presenting a film can comment on it and discuss it after it has been shown. If you wish to show a film, please let us know before 1 September 2015.

Next ISBSA
Institutions interested in hosting ISBSA 15 in 2018 are requested to send a formal application to the ISBSA secretariat before 1 September 2015. The bid should include information on: conference theme, location, date, infrastructure and logistics.

Accommodation
Numerous hotels and hostels have sprung up in Gdańsk’s town centre in recent years. The organizers have secured a special deal on accommodation for symposium participants using the password ISBSA at selected hotels. A list of these hotels is given below. In view of the numerous events scheduled to take place in Gdańsk in late September, and the large numbers of visitors expected during this period, please be sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Hotels offering reduced rates for ISBSA participants
  1. Hostel Zappio
  2. Stay Inn Hostel
  3. Hotel Ołowianka
  4. Hotel Szafarnia
  5. Hotel So Stay
  6. Hotel Willa Litarion
  7. Willa Biała Lilia
  8. Pica Paca
  9. La Petite
  10. Puro Hotel Gdańsk

We look forward to welcoming you in Gdańsk.



CALL FOR PAPERS
14th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 14) Gdańsk, Poland,
21-25 September 2015

The Programme Committee of the International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology welcomes submissions for papers as well as posters for the 14th symposium, to be held at the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, Poland, from the 21st to the 25th of September 2015. Submissions should consist of a title as well as an abstract of about 300 words submitted online. Each applicant is permitted to send one abstract to the secretariat email: isbsa14@isbsa.org. The deadline for submissions is 1st February, 2015.

The study of ancient watercraft and maritime archaeological research provide evidence of periods in which rapid changes took place in ship- and boatbuilding along certain seashores and rivers. Previous attempts to explain this phenomenon have tried to correlate factors responsible for these changes with economic, social and political transformations. In many instances it was noted that the dynamics of social change were reflected in the way that ships were designed, built and used. These changes came about as a result of accumulated experiences, the search for new solutions and the transfer of technologies from other regions.

In some areas, the methods used in ship- and boatbuilding changed very slowly. This has been explained not only by the slow pace of technical progress in general, but also by the existing organisational structure of the boatbuilding trade. Tradition, the inheritance of skills, and oral communication of professional experience played a significant role in this. The protection of trade secrets led to shipbuilding taking on the form of an arcane art. The artisanal methods used in ship construction, and the high costs involved, meant that shipbuilders had little scope for experimentation. This resulted in limited technological advances and in the continued production of tried and tested forms of vessel.

One such region where these processes can be observed in varying degrees is the Baltic Sea, where there were periods and areas that witnessed rapid changes in boat construction, whilst at the same time traditional vessel forms endured. Many issues concerning the causes and factors affecting this situation remain unclear and open to debate.
ISBSA has traditionally served as a platform to publicise recent ship finds and new material, and to outline the results of ship-related archaeological, historical and technical research. Subjects other than those mentioned above may also be addressed at the symposium. Contributions on experimental archaeology, progress in methodology, and on the remains or recording of seagoing vessels are equally welcome, as are papers on Mediterranean ship design or technical standards of historical ship construction in Central and Northern Europe. Finally, ISBSA 14 is open to every notice of significant finds from other parts of the world.
Apart from the main theme, we also encourage papers on the following subjects:

  1. Ships and ships finds in the Baltic,
  2. Recent discoveries of remarkable ship finds or significant sources from all regions and periods,
  3. Studies in ship construction,
  4. Research methods,
  5. Experimental nautical archaeology,
  6. Maritime landscapes.

The official language of the conference will be English.
Further information about ISBSA 14 can be found on the internet www.isbsa.org, or by emailing the secretariat isbsa14@isbsa.org.

Additional information