The Centre for Historical and Maritime Archaeology at the University of Bristol will be offering a 2-week field project on research methods in underwater archaeology at Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Since first sited by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the Virgin Islands have been a refuge for naval ships and merchant shipping. Many of its natural harbours were safe havens for European vessels. Interestingly, these so-called safe havens have revealed dozens of shipwrecks, offering a uniquely confined archaeological study.
The project begins with practical training sessions in maritime archaeology. Participants will be introduced to position fixing, survey and recording methods, as well as excavation technique. We will then spend 10 days on SCUBA, exposing and recording a previously unknown 18th century shipwreck. Additional lectures will detail both the historical and archaeological research methods used on field projects.
Optional fieldtrips will allow students to visit Tortola’s historic maritime fortifications, explore the various islands by tall ship, and examine the remains of RMS Rhone, a steamer that wrecked in 1867. The sites are located in shallow, sheltered water, with visibility ranging between one and five meters. We will require advanced dive certification for participation (PADI Advanced/BSAC Sport Diver/ CMAS 2 star) with a minimum 25 logged dives, diving and travel insurance and a current diving medical.
Total Cost: £ 1200.00 per two week session (Includes accommodation at an oceanfront resort with evening meal, tuition, diving).
Deadline for Applications is 23 April 2010
For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact:
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
University of Bristol
43 Woodland Road
Bristol, United Kingdom, BS8 1UU
phone: +44 (0) 779 295 0760