2011 Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society Intro course in Underwater Archaeology

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MAHS Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology – 2011

The Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) is accepting applications for its annual Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology starting Wednesday January 26, 2011. The course consists of nine evening sessions (7:30-9:00pm) on Wednesday nights at the McLean High School, Media Center, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA, and a pool session.

The cost of the course is $175 (Make checks payable to MAHS, PO Box 44382, L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20026). Course texts, which are optional, are expected to cost about $25. The class is open to all interested persons.

2011 Underwater Archaeology Course Schedule
Jan 26 Introduction to Underwater Archaeology
Feb 2 Archival Research
Feb 16 Ship’s Architecture
Feb 23 Position Fixing and Search Methods
Mar 2 Surveying, Recording and Mapping
Mar 9 Photography and Video Documentation
Mar 16 Conservation of Artifacts
Mar 23 Ethics and the Law
TBD Apr Survey and Mapping Pool Session
Mar 30 Project Planning and Report Preparation
Apr 6 Snow Dates if earlier sessions are canceled

If your schedule or location do not permit attending these evening classes, MAHS also offers the course on DVD with instructor guide for $199.95. For further info on the video course contact Steven Anthony at (301) 419-8222 or santhony@mahsnet.org  

Upon completion of the introductory course, the student who is a certified scuba diver will be eligible to enroll in an underwater archaeology field school to be held in Key Largo, FL the last two weekends in June 2011(dates TBD) or in local area field schools to be scheduled later. PADI certifications in underwater/maritime archaeology are available to graduates of these courses.

MAHS is an internationally recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the research and preservation of our maritime heritage and to increasing the general public‚s awareness of this heritage. As part of our charter, we hold bimonthly meetings with guest speakers, conduct various underwater archaeology courses and field schools annually, and participate in various interesting and exciting archaeological and historical projects.

For further information about the course see our website at www.mahsnet.org or contact Tom Berkey (703) 978-4429 (leave name and number) or tberkey1@verizon.net.

2011 Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology

Saint Mary’s College-University of Rhode Island Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology

The Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology is a joint research expedition conducted in Bermuda by faculty and students of Saint Mary’s College of California and the University of Rhode Island.  The field school
is a research-based learning experience that will expose students to a variety of activities including archival research, artifact conservation, remote sensing survey, and underwater documentation of historic shipwrecks.

The field school will be conducted in the three week period from July 18 -Aug 10, 2011. Classroom work related to maritime history and maritimearchaeological field methods will comprise week one. Underwater research and
documentation of 16th and 17th century shipwrecks will be conducted inBermuda during the remaining two weeks. Students will receive 3 units of upper division anthropology credit.

Course enrollment will be limited to 12 students.  There are no academic prerequisites, but all participants in the field school must obtain both scuba and AAUS certification prior to the beginning of the field school and must have their own diving equipment (no tanks or weights required).  While in Bermuda, students will participate in each of three research modules: laboratory training in the museum’s conservation facility, archaeological survey and documentation of historic shipwrecks, and archival research in the Bermuda Archives, located in the nearby city of Hamilton.  In addition, students will attend periodic lectures on such topics as archival research methods, archaeological survey (magnetometer and visual survey), site excavation and mapping, analysis of archaeological data, conservation of waterlogged artifacts, etc. 

Application Procedures

For applications or additional information, please contact Professor James M. Allan of the Saint Mary’s College Anthropology Department jallan@stmarys-ca.edu or Professor Roderick Mather of the University of Rhode Island History Department roderick@uri.edu, who are the co-directors of the program.

11 November 2010

1) Editor, The Nautical Institute, closes 10 December

2) Curator, Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Applications Contact person: Jackie Cornelius
Application due date: 2010/12/23
Salary range: $50,884.56 – $63,203.76
Web Address: http://www.lamaritimemuseum.org

Duties: Supervise the care of the Museum’s collection of maritime artifacts and create new educational exhibits for the education of the general public and school groups. The collection includes maritime artifacts and works of art, photographs, ship relics, and an operating 1944 tugboat. Duties include: evaluation, accession, and conservation of collection, as well as working within the community to identify and acquire appropriate additions to the collection. Refine and update exhibits as necessary to ensure that subject matter is relevant to the Museum’s mission. Maintain an inventory of acquired items and provide for proper storage. Supervise volunteers and interns working on collection and exhibits. Work with the Museum Director and appropriate staff to create long-term plan for funding, care and display of collections. REQUIREMENTS 1. Bachelor of Arts Degree from an accredited 4-year college or university is required. Master of Arts Degree preferred with concentration in history or museum studies. 2. Two years of curatorial and exhibit experience required as well as knowledge of museum standards and practices. Note: this position is exempt from civil service.
To Apply: Send resume to: City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks, attn Jackie Cornelius, 221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jackie.Cornelius@lacity.org / 213-202-3204, Deadline is December 23, 2010

Request for Proposal (RFP): Submerged Cultural Resources Inventory, Lower Potomac River Tributaries

Closes November 12, 2010. 10 am EST.

To bid, you’ll need to enter your company’s eVA Username and password under the Vendor Login section at the eVA website at http://www.eva.virginia.gov.  Once logged in, click on Business Opportunities, and then click on the Quick Quote link. 

If you are not registered in eVA, go to the eVA site at the above link.  To complete the registration process, you will need your TAX ID and Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number.  Once registered, login and follow the instructions as noted in the above paragraph.

Need help with Quick Quote?  Call eVA Customer Care at (866) 289-7367 or email eVACustomerCare@dgs.virginia.gov.

The information from the request is below:


Buyer Agency:      A423DHR – Department of Historic Resources
Buyer Name:        Jennifer Mayton
Buyer Phone:       804-862-6408
Buyer Email:       jennifer.mayton@dhr.virginia.gov
Request ID:        EVA001_QQ154753
Title:             Submerged Cultural Resources Inventory
Close Date:        11/12/2010 10:00 AM
Bid Valid (Days):  90
Award Method:      Grand Total
Service Area:      97

Comments:  All work must be completed by May 15, 2011.  For scope questions please contact Dave Hazzard 757-886-2820.  See attached scope of work.  Special Terms And Conditions:  DHR reserves the right to award to other than the lowest bid.  

Item Number:            1
Lot Number:             0
Item Description:       Underwater Cultural Resource Survey
Quantity:               1
UOM:                    LS
UOM Description:        lump sum
NIGP Code:              90648
NIGP Code Description:  Historical Preservation
Need By Date:           5/15/2011
Ship To:                Tidewater Region Preservation Office 14415 Old Courthouse Way,Second Floor,  Newport News, VA, 23608

Comments:  See scope of work.  For scope of work questions please contact Dave Hazzard at 757-886-2820.  All work must be completed by 5/15/2011.    Special Terms And Conditions:  DHR reserves the right to award to other than the lowest vendor.

Historic Conservator, FL Bureau of Archaeological Research

Closes December 8.

Performs routine conservation of historic and other artifacts (Historical Conservator): Carries out conservation of metal and wooden artifacts to professional standards, and conservation of other archaeological materials within to best level possible with available resources. Identifies and applies appropriate protective treatments to conserved artifacts, and maintains records of treatment.
Assigns and prioritizes conservation tasks assisting technicians, and trains new conservation techs in routine tasks (e.g., use of abrasion equipment, conservation tank set ups, proper use of equipment for moving heavy objects, proper handling and safety procedures for chemicals, correct application of post-conservation coats, record keeping, and lab safety).

Provides or coordinates technical support  in response to conservation related requests for assistance. Examples of requests for assistance include, technical advice on conservation and curation, technical advice about moving large and/or  fragile artifacts such as  cannons and canoes, or in selected cases, conservation of non-Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR) artifacts.  If appropriate to the request for technical assistance, the Historical Conservator writes cost estimates and assists with preparation of billings for contracted conservation work.

Coordinates with BAR Collections to maintain current and accurate artifact location information as items move into the lab, through different lab treatment stations, and out of the lab to a curation location; and to provide archival curation advice as needed.

Coordinates with BAR underwater staff and (selected) salvage contractors about scheduled annual inventories, artifact reviews, and logistics of salvage recovery divisions.  The Historical Conservator reviews shipwreck artifacts reported for division, and coordinates with BAR staff to identify items of interest and prepare the state’s request for division.  The logistics of review of artifacts (physical inspection, or contractor provided high resolution file images) and physical pickup of items divided to state are coordinated through the Historical Conservator.

Public information, including but not restricted to scheduling and hosting requested conservation tours, and historic artifact identifications. 

Performs other related duties as required.

Maritime History Jobs

1) Maritime Center Specialist II (Education), Nauticus, ncd

2) Director, Maritime Xperiental Museum, closes 27 November

Knowledge of Maritime Silk Route history is an added advantage.

3) Museum Technician, National Park Service, San Francisco, closes 10 November

The selected applicant serves as a museum technician located at a museum facility specializing in maritime history and maritime artifacts in a National Park Service Organization.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Director of Education

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum (SALH) is seeking to fill the position of Director of Education. The ideal applicant will have experience in public archaeology and museum education, and will work with SALH staff and the Lighthouse’s research institution, LAMP, to develop, manage, and implement educational programming based on ongoing maritime and archaeological research.

The position description, qualifications, requirements, and other pertinent information is posted below.

Director of Education Position Description:  The Director of Education is responsible for the overall successful development and implementation of the historic site interpretation of the St. Augustine Lighthouse (SALH) and Lighthouse Archeology Maritime Program (LAMP) sites. All programs and activities will be based on historic research and the museum’s mission statement. Programming, planning and all activities will be in concert with guidelines set in tandem with the Executive Director under established board of trustees’ policies. Responsible for short and long range planning for educational programs; facilitation and supervision of the site’s interpretive team; determination of site-specific interpretive goals; interpretive training and visitor services training; marketing plan for specific educational programs; communication with site supervisors including other Departmental Managers, the Volunteer Coordinator, and any docent, volunteer, staff member or trustee volunteer as needed.

Other duties include assistance as needed with all operations of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. Will help staff the site on a regular basis, assist with safety programs, and assist with other departmental or operational duties as required.

Qualifications: MA in public history, early childhood education, historic preservation, museum studies, education, history, anthropology/archaeology or related field. BA in appropriate field and three (03) years relevant experience may be substituted for advanced degree. Must be an experienced museum education or public archaeology professional. Grant writing experience preferred. Experience with STEM highly desirable.

Basic computer skills and experience with word processing and database management. Excellent presentation skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Outstanding interpersonal skills, and managerial skills. Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects effectively and meet deadlines.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements: The duties above indicate the essential functions of the job. Physical requirements are those present in normal office environment conditions. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable business needs and a modest amount of business travel is required. Must be able to climb the lighthouse tower and perform required duties for periods of 2.5 hours. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable business needs.

Salary is negotiable.

Interested applicants may please send a cover letter and vita/resume to Kyle Worrell at kworrell@staugustinelighthouse.org. You may also contact Mr. Worrell at that email or at 904-829-0745 if you have any additional questions.  More information, including a complete job description, is available at:


ACUA seeks two Graduate Student Associate Members

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) is seeking candidates to fill two Graduate Student Associate Member positions. The Graduate Student Associate Member is a voluntary, two-year appointment to the ACUA. The position requires attendance at SHA’s Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, participation in Board meetings held during the annual Conference, and an annual report of accomplishments.

Terms run from January 1 through December 31 of the years indicated, and Graduate Student Associates are limited to two consecutive terms.  Travel funds are not available for these positions, however students are encouraged to apply for the SHA Jelks Student Travel Award.

The role of the Graduate Student Associate Member is to serve as a liaison between students and the Board. The goal is to encourage greater participation by students in the annual conference through paper presentation, the organization of symposia or workshops, and to provide the associate an opportunity for professional development.

Interested graduate students must submit a brief essay (no greater than 2 pages) addressing the following questions: (a) What skills or experience do you have that would enhance your effectiveness as the ACUA Graduate Student Associate Member? (b) What two goals of the society would you emphasize and work for as a student liaison to the ACUA? A short biographical statement and a letter of recommendation from a professor or other professional mentor are also required. All of these materials should be submitted as one complete package to the email address provided below.

The Graduate Student Associate appointment is open to any advanced degree student studying underwater archaeology or a directly related field. Membership in the Society for Historical Archaeology is also required. The ACUA Board of Directors will review all applications and make a selection at the January conference. All application packages must be received by Monday, 01 November 2010.  For more information about the ACUA please visit our website, http://www.acuaonline.org/.  All other questions, and complete applications should be emailed to:

2011 NASOH Conference at Old Dominion University

Annual NASOH conference 2011 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA

May 12th – 14th/15th 2010


Call for Papers

During recent decades maritime history has become far more diverse than ever before.  New sub-disciplines of maritime history have developed, traditional topics have been examined from new perspectives, and inter-disciplinary research has become more a standard than an exception. National maritime history research has been embedded into international contexts and global cooperation is a standard for most maritime historians.

The annual NASOH conference 2011 to be hosted by Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA aims to provide an overview on what is going on in maritime history at the beginning of the 21st century. It aims to stimulate discussion on the development of the discipline as a whole in both a national and global context. Panels will address such questions as: To what degree have maritime historians understood the challenges of the 21st century?  In what ways can they contribute to the solution of global problems in the marine realm? What is the relationship of maritime history to new historical sub-disciplines such as environmental or Atlantic-world history? Does traditional maritime history still make sense? What’s the role of specialized museums and archives for future maritime history?

Proposals for panels of up to four speakers as well as proposals for individual papers addressing the state of the art of maritime history as well as new directions in maritime history research should be submitted prior Jan. 31st 2011 to the conference organizers via e-mail (iheidbri@odu.edu). Each proposal for a complete panel should include the title of the proposed session as well as a brief abstract of the session (200 words), the contact details for the organizer of the session and title, abstract (500 words) name and contact details for the individual papers of the proposed panel. Proposals for individual papers should include title, abstract (500 words) name and contact details. Please submit all proposals in one of the following file formats: pdf, doc or rtf (please no docx-files).

Dr. Ingo Heidbrink

Professor of History

-Graduate Program Director-

Dept. of History

8046 Batten Arts and Letters Building

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA 23529

tel. 757-683-3656 or -3949

fax. 757-683-5644

mail: iheidbri@odu.edu<mailto:iheidbri@odu.edu>

Skype: ingo.heidbrink