Intro Course: Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

Interested in learning more about the world of underwater archaeology? Want to do more with your diving? Join us for a hands-on course in nautical archaeology taught by professional maritime archaeologists.

This two day course includes a mixture of classroom and practical sessions that will introduce course participants the basic principles of archaeology and the range of sites studied by maritime archaeologists. In addition, participants will take part in practical exercises using archaeological survey methods that will give them the skills to start recording and understanding some of the sites that may be encountered along the Outer Banks.

This course includes classroom and pool sessions and is a prerequisite for the Nautical Archaeology Society Parts 1-4 certification courses.

For more information and to pre-register, contact:

Dr. Nathan Richards
Phone: 252.475.5453

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is an international organization dedicated to advancing education in nautical archaeology at all levels and to encouraging the participation of members of the public at all stages. The NAS International Training Program has been delivering courses in nautical archaeology for over 25 years. The program aims to provide not just an introduction to the subject but also to offer people a chance to build their skills and experience, allowing them to take part in projects and fieldwork around the world and perhaps to run their own projects. The Training Program has a modular structure, starting with an Introduction Course and working through the Part I to III Certificates and finally Part IV Diploma.

To learn more about the Nautical Archaeology Society and this international training initiative, please visit:


The first stage of the NAS Training Program, the Introduction Course, is a weekend of training introducing participants to the subject of nautical archaeology. Combining a mixture of classroom and practical sessions, the course aims to promote nautical archaeology to those interested in learning about concepts and basic methods in underwater archaeology. The introduction course requires no prior learning or qualifications and the program offers presentations in a wide range of topics and subject areas within nautical archaeology. It will involve instructors who are ECU university professors for the Program in Maritime Studies and leading underwater archaeologists who direct projects and manage underwater cultural resources in North Carolina.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given unless the course is cancelled.

Full Schedule:

Meeting Date Start Time End Time
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00am 05:00pm
Sunday, April 16, 2017 9:00am 04:00pm


Prerequisites for Diving

Divers and non-divers are welcome in this class. This class will be working with Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center. For this reason a NAUI Medical Evaluation and Physician Approval Form must be completed (contact for the form). If you have medical conditions potentially problematic for diving, please provide proof of doctor’s permission. The lack of a physician’s note for any condition will likely preclude involvement in pool sessions. Non-scuba divers are welcome to snorkel during the pool session.


Nathan Richards, Ph.D.
Ryan Bradley
Jeremy Borrelli

Facility Detail

UNC-Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

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