2016 Nautical Archaeology Field School

Northwestern Michigan College to host Nautical Archaeology Field School in June 2016

Continuing its reputation as a leader in archaeological education in the Great Lakes, Northwestern Michigan College in partnership with North Central Michigan College will host an archaeology field school in 2016. This two week event will be held will be held on the main campus of Northwestern Michigan College between June 13th and June 26th. The field school will consist of taught courses, the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead and the archaeological survey of an associated historic pier. Advanced students will have the opportunity to participate in the remote sensing survey of another area in Northport Harbor, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The goal of this landscape survey is to locate the remains of several historic shipwrecks that are known to have occurred in this area. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in either terrestrial or nautical archaeology to gain experience excavating and surveying historic sites in the Great Lakes region.

The first week of the field school consists of the supervised excavation of an early historic homestead (The Dougherty House) and guided tour of a major prehistoric site in the region. The second week consists of introduction to foreshore and underwater archaeology along with the supervised survey of a contact period pier, located in the shallow waters of Old Mission Harbor. A series of day-long specialty courses will be offered throughout the field school on topics such as: archaeological surveying, artifact typology, excavation, flint knapping, Native American settlement in northwest Michigan, using a total station and remotely operated vehicles. These courses are open to anyone interested in the topics and no previous experience is necessary.

A variety of tuition packages and on-campus housing is available.

For more details please visit: www.nasnmc.com

Dr. Mark W. Holley
111 E. Front Street
Ovid, MI 48866



Munson NEH Summer Institute in Maritime History

The Munson Institute of Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport is hosting a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute this summer called “The American Maritime Commons.”  The Institute is has 20 positions available for college educators and graduate students.

It runs from 27 June to 29 July, 2016, and pays an honorarium of $3,900.  If you are interested and qualified, please consider applying, and please pass along the word to others who may benefit from this opportunity.  Further information on the program and how to apply can be found by following this link:


Maryland Historical Trust Internship

We have the following summer internship opportunity available at the Trust which includes time spent in support of both our terrestrial and maritime archaeology programs.  

The Maryland Historical Trust is seeking candidates for its 2016 Summer Internship in Archaeology.  The intern will work under the general supervision of the Chief Archaeologist and time will be divided between office/laboratory and field work in support of the Trust’s terrestrial and maritime archaeology programs.

Current graduate students in anthropology/archaeology are preferred; students currently enrolled in or who have recently graduated from an accredited undergraduate program in anthropology/archaeology or other closely related field are encouraged to apply.

The announcement and application information are available here:  https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/pdf/archeology/2016-Summer-Internship.pdf

Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2016.

Archaeological Intern/Research Scholar American Civil War Submarine H.L. Hunley

Clemson University’s Restoration Institute and the Warren Lasch Conservation Center are seeking to fill an intern/research scholar position to aid project archaeologists with the ongoing documentation and analysis of the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley.

The position will entail working with the archaeological team in the documentation of the H.L. Hunley submarine and its associated artifacts currently undergoing conservation treatment at the WLCC. The work will be focused on the hull and operational components of the submarine in conjunction with the team’s current program of deconcretion and the study of the interior of the vessel. Interns will have the opportunity to gain practical experience with photography, illustration, and archaeological data recording, as well as training in 3D digital documentation and metrology, including exposure to structured-light scanning, laser scanning, and photogrammetry systems. Interns can also expect to receive instruction in a number of relevant software packages, including CAD-based modeling, and in the integration of 3D data, provenience information, sketches, photographic records, and other archaeological data with the project site plan. This work will see direct application to the overall goals of the project, and may include opportunities for participation in research, report writing, and publication. Experience with 3D documentation, modeling, and data collection are all helpful but not required. Preference will be given to applicants with archaeological training or experience.

The position will be available beginning in May 2016 and last through August, with the possibility of extension. Stipend will be provided, but accommodation funding is not covered. The application deadline is March 15th, 2016. Please provide a Curriculum Vita, two academic/professional references, and a brief written description of why this position would be beneficial to you.

To apply, please contact:

Stéphanie A. Cretté, PhD
Director, Warren Lasch Conservation Center
Clemson University Restoration Institute
1250 Supply Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
843-730-5093 (office)


NHHC Underwater Archaeology Internships

NHHC Internship: Closes 31 March
The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), the official history program of the Department of the Navy, is located at Washington’s historical Navy Yard. The office serves four main functions:

  • Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation & Policy Development  Resource management involves implementing an overall cultural heritage policy, ensuring Navy remains in compliance with federal laws and regulations, forming a sunken military craft inventory, crafting individual site management plans, coordinating violation enforcement, coordinating human remains issues, and extensive collaboration with federal, state, local agencies, international counterparts, the non-profit sector, the private sector and the public to best manage sunken military craft.
  • Archaeological & Historical Research Intrinsically tied to the management of sunken military craft are the inventory, survey, assessment, documentation, research and monitoring of these ship and aircraft wrecks.  NHHC undertakes archaeological research as a lead agency, as a collaborator, as a guide, and as a monitor and permit-issuer in the case of external archaeological surveys and/or actions that disturb sunken military craft.
  • Artifact Conservation & Curation –  All historic artifacts recovered from an underwater environment require some form of conservation and a proper curation environment to remain in a stable condition. NHHC, via its Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory, is directly responsible for about 14,000 artifacts originating from sunken military craft.
  • Education, Public Relations & Information Dissemination Public education and outreach is a fundamental mission component of NHHC as it helps promote the Navy’s heritage and preserve its sunken military craft from disturbance. Information dissemination occurs through channels such as publications, presentations, lectures, a web and social media presence, and press coverage is pursued on a regular basis.

Interns can expect to work on tasks such as: preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations; conducting archaeological and historical research; reviewing, editing or preparing reports; synthesizing information and preparing policy or case study briefings; conserving artifacts; assisting with the UAB artifact inventory, management, and loan programs; coordinating partner and inter-agency correspondence; and participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, presentations, and web presence.