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.