Maritime Archaeology Field School

Maritime Archaeology on the North Shore (2015 Field School)

Interested in maritime heritage? Looking for a field school or a hands-on experience that takes you up close with historic shipwrecks and watercraft?

Join us for a Maritime Archaeology field school this summer!

SEAMAHP in collaboration with MBUAR will be running an accredited course from July 13–17 conducted through Salem State University in Massachusetts. (HST 360-92, ref# 1820)

2015 Field School: Register Now!

The course will be an intensive week-long program held in Salem MA and on the shores north of Boston. Salem State University is now accepting registration from both college students and the public for this summer institute. The course will cover methods and practice of archaeological research, survey and documentation of historic shipwreck sites. In addition to methodological training and lectures, participants will get experience with all aspects of fieldwork in a dynamic environment on the seashore.

Participants will receive three credits through Salem State University (SSU) AND certifications through the Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS). The NAS Training Program gives the student an internationally recognized qualification for future maritime archaeology projects.

Dr. Calvin Mires and Capt. Laurel Seaborn of SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program) along with Victor Mastone of MBUAR (Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources) are the program instructors. They all have extensive experience in maritime archaeological field methods, archival research, and site documentation.

Maritime Archaeology Field School details:

The Continuing Education Office at Salem State University is now accepting registration!

Course enrollment is limited so don’t wait to sign up.

Dates: July 13 to 17th, 2015

Location: Salem and North Shore of Massachusetts

Course description:

  • Maritime Archaeology Field School (HST 360-92 ref#1820)
  • Research Focus “The life cycle of ships” from design and building to sailing and life aboard, to the shipwreck on the shore. Focus is on what this can tell us of the people who lived and worked in this maritime industries and ports. Students will work with maritime archaeologists including the MBUAR’s Chief Archaeologist to map the site through recording and survey of the wreck site.
  • Skills, Procedures & Lectures: Students will receive instruction in planning and safety, theory and methodology, procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, artifact documentation and in situ conservation, analysis of findings and publication of results.

Course Outcomes:

  • Participants will receive three credits through Salem State University (SSU).
  • Certifications through the internationally recognized Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS) Training Program.


  • No prerequisite courses are required!
  • General level of fitness. Participants must be able to do physical work on site.
  • All field work will be conducted on beach or shore front, so participants do NOT require dive certification. Participants should anticipate getting wet during field operations.

Fees and costs:

  • The course fee of $991 is inclusive of all materials, except course textbook.
  • The course book is Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice by Amanda Bowens (approx. cost = $32, check online bookstores for copies.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from Salem, MA. Once at the campus, transport will be provided to and from field work.

On-campus Housing:

  • If required, on-campus housing can be arranged in advance through SSU. Please contact them directly to inquire about what is included (such as bedding etc.)
  • Participants are responsible for their own meals, and a fully-operational kitchen is available for those staying in the dorms.
  • For information on costs per night for 2015, contact:

or call 978-542-6416

  • Forms to sign up as a Summer Guest in the dorms can be found at:

<< Click here to Register Online Now for the 2015 Field School!>>

Or to register go to:

  • Maritime Archaeology of the North Shore (Field School) is listed as the Continuing Studies Summer course: HST 360 “Topics in American History” section 92, and registration ref# 1820.
  • Follow the link near the bottom of the above webpage for “How to Register
  • If you are not already a student at Salem State, follow the link for “First Time Self-service Registration for Non-degree students.” Use the registration ref# 1820.

If you have any issues with the online registration process, please contact the SSU office of Continuing Studies ( at 978-542-6324. Or let us know and we will attempt to resolve it.

For more information contact:

Dr. Calvin Mires or Capt. Laurel Seaborn

SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program)

203 Washington St, #112

Salem, MA 01970


Victor Mastone
Director and Chief Archaeologist
Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
Boston, MA  02114
Direct Line:  617-626-1141