Lake Champlain Nautical Archaeology Field School

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to Host 2nd Annual Nautical Archaeology Field School

Contact: Alex Lehning, Field School Coordinator,, 802-475-2022

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our second annual Nautical Archaeology Field School at our lakeside campus in Vermont from June 3-June 14, 2013.

Over the course of two weeks, students will be exposed to the methods and practices of a professional underwater archaeologist, both through classroom instruction and hands-on training. Participants will study the full sequence of shipwreck documentation methodology, from initial measurements to final drafting. They will also learn about the basics of ship construction, artifact conservation, and the maritime history of Lake Champlain. The program will emphasize archeological project management, dive safety, and building practical field skills.  Students will participate in extensive scientific diving exercises, including the documentation of shallow-water nineteenth century shipwrecks, and examination of a number of wreck sites in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to gain the experience and skills necessary to pursue a career in nautical archaeology.

LCMM will also be offering an optional Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA) course through SOLO from June 1-2 for an additional fee.

Tuition for the field school is $2,200. Rustic, camping-style housing and meals on the LCMM campus will be provided. Academic credit for undergraduate and graduate students is available by arrangement. Each applicant is responsible for meeting several pre-requisites, including diving certification, medical screening, obtaining required equipment, and arranging personal transportation.  LCMM is able to provide assistance with rental gear and other accommodations.

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