2016 Maritime Archaeology Field School

Maritime Archaeology on the North Shore (Field School)

Interested in Maritime Heritage? Looking for a field school or a hands-on experience that takes you up close with historic wrecks and maritime sites? Join SEAMAHP in collaboration with Massachusetts BUAR for a Maritime Archaeology field school this summer 2016.

2016 Field School: Register Now!

The field school will be held on the week from July 25 to 29, 2016 and participants will receive three credits through Salem State University (SSU).

The accredited course conducted through SSU will be an intensive week-long program and is now accepting registration from both college students and the public. The course will cover methods and practice of archaeological research, survey and documentation of historic shipwreck(s) and maritime site(s) on the shores north of Boston. In addition to methodological training and academic lectures, participants will get valuable experience with all aspects of fieldwork in a dynamic environment on the seashore.

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

The course fee of $1090 is inclusive of all materials, except course textbook. Room and board is not included but on-campus dorms can be arranged though Salem State University. For additional information contact Dr. Mires or Capt. Seaborn (seamahp@gmail.com).

2016 Field School: Register Now, only a few spots are left!

Salem State University in Massachusetts is accepting registration online.

2016 Dates: July 25 to 29th

Location: Salem and North Shore of Massachusetts

Research Focus: “The life cycle of ships” from design and building, to sailing and life aboard to the shipwreck on the north shore and what this can tell us of the people who lived and worked in maritime industries. Students will work with archaeologists including the State Chief Archaeologist of BUAR to map the site through recording and survey of the wreck site.

Skills, Procedures & Lectures: Students will also be instructed 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.


No prerequisite courses are required!


General level of fitness. Participants must be able to spend large part of day doing physical work on site.


All field work will be conducted on beach or shore front, so participants do NOT require dive certification.


·       The course fee of $1090 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.


·       If required, dormitory space 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 more information on Summer Dorm use, Salem State University publishes a Guide to living on campus.


For information on costs per night for 2016, contact:

housing@salemstate.edu or call 978.542.6416.

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


Online Registration

·       Maritime Archaeology of the North Shore (Field School) is listed as aContinuing Studies Summer course:

HST 305 “Topics in Public History” section 91, and registration ref# 1812.


Go to:  www.salemstate.edu/academics/schools/26651.php?nbr=360&sbj=HST&acad=UGCE&strm=2154&subject=HST

Near the bottom of the above webpage is a link for “How to Register” and 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# 1812.

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

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

For more information contact:


Dr. Calvin Mires or Capt. Laurel Seaborn

203 Washington St, #112

Salem, MA 01970


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