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
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