2014 Maritime Archaeology Field School

2014 Maritime Archaeology Field School

St. Mary’s College of California and the University of Rhode Island will be offering a joint Field School in Maritime Archaeology in Bermuda from July 21st-August 7th, 2014.

The field school is a research-based learning experience that exposes students to a variety of activities including underwater excavation and documentation of historic shipwrecks, archaeological survey, and artifact conservation. Training also leads to AAUS qualification as a Scientific Diver-in-Training in.

Contact jallan@stmarys-ca.edu or rodmather@mail.uri.edu

31 March 2014

1) Curator, Battleship Texas, closes 11 April

This position is responsible for performing moderately complex (journey-level) curatorial work for the Battleship. Duties include but are not limited to acquisitioning, preserving, cataloging, inventorying and utilizing agency interpretive collections; and performing research work connected with interpretive exhibits, small media projects, and publications. Requires the research ability to obtain scholarly knowledge of content, knowledge of collection care standards, and strong writing skills. May supervise the work of volunteers, interns and assistants. Uses multiple technologies to complete projects. Maintains exhibit and storage areas in accordance with the housekeeping plan. Performs physical labor in various climates to complete projects. Performs other duties such as report/policy preparation and general housekeeping. Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.

2) Exhibits Specialist, National Museum of the US Navy, closes 1 April

This position is located in the Exhibitions Section of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, which is dedicated to the American public and service members by providing a deeper understanding of the Navy’s history and instills a personal connection to Navy heritage. The Museum accomplishes its mission through programs of collecting, interpretation, education, and publication. The interpretation and display of artifacts are central to the mission of the museum.

2014 Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum

External applications are now open for our winter Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum, scheduled for one week between 7-19 July 2014.

This topic is a practicum which provides students with opportunities to participate in the workplace environment. Occasionally, maritime archaeology fieldwork opportunities arise in which students may assist government agencies, consultancy firms, non-profit groups or other universities. This topic provides students with the ability to participate in these projects and receive one-on-one guidance and instruction with immediate feedback on their performance. This practicum will allow students to put their theoretical learning into practice, develop a sense of the workplace, enhance their employment prospects through additional training, build a network of contacts, and develop a range of personal and professional work skills. This topic will be taught in intensive mode during a full week, and will necessitate involvement and input from a range of maritime archaeology practitioners. The body of the topic will comprise practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.

This topic will be taught in the intensive mode (one week) and SCUBA diving qualifications are not required for participation.

The 2014 practicum will be based in Gold Coast, Queensland, with the support of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and the Gold Coast City Council.

The students will focus on recording and investigating the origin of a section of wreck recovered in 1974. While it was popularly regarded as part of the 1846 wreck of Coolangatta, there has been a long held debate that it could also represent the partial remains of the Heroine (1897). Both vessels were built in NSW and share some characteristics, although were constructed 50 years apart.

The Coolangatta is an early shipwreck for SE QLD (1846). The entry for the Coolangatta in the ANSDB can be found at: https://dmzapp17p.ris.environment.gov.au/shipwreck/public/wreck/wreck.do?key=2347&action=expandAll

The project will provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills in:

  • Documenting and identifying ship components;
  • Conducting historic research and evaluating findings;
  • Investigation of ships materials;
  • Undertake offshore remote sensing surveys;
  • Entering relics in the Australian National Shipwreck Database;
  • Consider management and conservation of an actual wreck.

The course is open to non-Flinders student for the cost of tuition. Credit for the course may be applied to home universities. This is aso a great opportunity for current practicing professionals interested in staff development training. For more details and to apply to the topic please see: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/fieldwork/field-schools/maritime-archaeology-fieldwork-practicum/overview.cfm

Any questions, just email me.

Wendy van Duivenvoorde, PhD
Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology
Deputy Director, Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC)

President Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA)

Department of Archaeology | Flinders University
GPO Box 2100 | Adelaide, SA 5001 | AUSTRALIA
CRICOS Provider: 00114A

Physical location: Humanities, room 277
Phone +61 8 8201 5195 | Fax +61 8 8201 2784 | E-mail wendy.vanduivenvoorde@flinders.edu.au

Program in Maritime Archaeology: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/postgrad-programs/by-coursework/in-maritime-archaeology.cfm
Department blog: http://flindersarchaeology.com/
Staff page: http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/wendy.vanduivenvoorde

ForSEAdiscovery projects

1) Developing dendro-archaeological approaches in Nautical Archaeology: integration of ring studies, dendrochronology and timber morphology (3D CAD) for the reconstruction of past forestry practice and exploitation.

2) The PhD project entitled ‘Application of ecological wood anatomy for provenancing oak and pine wood from Atlantic Iberia’ will be carried out as 4-year PhD project at the Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group at Wageningen University. The project is linked to the interdisciplinary EU project ForSEAdiscovery.  ForSEAdiscovery is an integrated training programme and aims at combining academic research on the History of shipbuilding, trade networks, Dendro-Archaeology, Wood biology, Forestry and Wood/Timber provenance. The focus of this PhD project is on wood anatomy, dendrochronology and forest ecology. The originality addresses the use of wood anatomical characteristics – possibly also in combination with isotopes and genetic traits – as tool to exactly detect the provenance of timber used for ship building. The PhD has a strong ecological component, mainly related to elaborating wood formation in pine and oak in relation to specific environmental conditions.

3) Reconstructing timber in Spanish-Atlantic shipbuilding – treatise and archaeology.

4) The Dendro-archaeology of Portuguese ships of the Early Modern Period.

Historic Conservator

Conservator, Florida Division of Historic Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, closes April 30.

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 to best level possible with available resources. Identifies and applies appropriate protective treatments to conserved artifacts, and maintains electronic records of treatment in existing databases.

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 within the lab, and out of the lab to a curation location. Coordinates with BAR Collections 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 making or referring to appropriate BAR staff artifact identifications.

2014 Nautical Archaeology International Field School at Northwestern Michigan College

Join members of the Nautical Archaeology Society, divers, educators, students and fellow underwater archaeology enthusiasts for two weeks of training in beautiful Traverse City Michigan. Classes will be held at Northwestern Michigan College’s waterfront Great Lakes Campus.

Come train on the Great Lakes with experts in the field of Underwater Archaeology. Each of the course instructors are qualified professionals in their field of study and will be sharing their years of experience with you. This is a great chance to do some sunny summer diving and get some fantastic training too!

The dates of the field school are July 12 – July 27, 2014.

Most of the detailed information concerning the field school can be accessed via the internet at: http://www.nasnmc.com. Under the 2014 NAS Field School tab at the top of the main page you can find information on: the aims and objectives of the field school, course schedule, frequently asked questions, prices and package deals, online payment option and a printable flyer.

There are many class options and both package deals and al-a-carte pricing are available. You may attend just a single day-long class or the entire two-week long event. Feel free to sign up for courses as your schedule allows.

These are great courses to have on your resume if you are considering a post-graduate degree in anthropology

Academic Credit at Northwestern Michigan College

The NAS Part 1 and NAS Part 2 courses can be taken for academic credit at Northwestern Michigan College. Each course is worth 3 anthropology or social science credits.

You may sign up for these credit courses online at: http://www.nmc.edu/student-services/records-registration/getting-things-done/registration-information.html

The NAS Part 1 (Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology)
ANT 201 – CRN 1246

NAS Part 2 (Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology)
ANT 202 – CRN 1220

If you need assistance you may also call NMC registration at: 231-995-1049.
Or visit their web site at: http://www.nmc.edu/student-services/records-registration/contact-records.html

Courses Offered:

Introduction to Nautical Archaeology
NAS Level One Certification
NAS Level Two Field Project

NAS Level Three Classes:

Archaeological Surveying using a total station
Artifact Drawing and Archaeological Illustration
Documentary Research
Flint Knapping
Native American Settlement in the Upper Great Lakes
ROV Construction
Ship and Boat Construction
Underwater and Artifact Photography
Using Site Recorder 4 (Archaeological site drawing software)
Video Editing in Archaeology

Detailed directions to the NMC campus are provided on the web site. There is a fairly large airport in Traverse City, which has daily flights to both Detroit and Chicago.

Very reasonably priced accommodation in the NMC student dormitories can be purchased at your request, but these spaces are filling fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. There are also many hotels in the local area but these will be both expensive and full during the field-school so book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a unique training opportunity and all around good time!

Please email mholley@shianet.org  or call 989-307-9651 if you have any questions.

Dr. Mark W. Holley