Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

Nautical Archaeology Training Workshop and Dinner

One of the cornerstones of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team (MAST).  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years.  The training occurs over three days: April 29-30 and either May 20 or 21. You do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training. Classroom training takes place at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. In-water practice takes place at White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio.

Over the course of three days, our Basic Workshop will teach students the basics of surveying a shipwreck.  We will cover: Ship Terms, Laws and Ethics, Research, Survey Tools, and Trilateration (the technique we use to measure shipwrecks) as well as much more.

The workshop is designed for divers and non-divers.  The work is also appropriate for novice or new divers.  The cost of the class is $170 and covers all materials needed, breakfast and lunch in April, as well as the dinner program on April 29.  Please note: this is a three day class – a full weekend in April with classroom and dry run practicals.  Then one of two days in May (20 or 21) for in-water practice. In conjunction with the training, MAST will host their annual meeting and dinner program.  The annual dinner is open to everyone. This year’s dinner speaker – Wayne Lusardi, Michigan State Underwater Archaeologist – will discuss aircraft wrecks in the Great Lakes.

Members of MAST have the opportunity to assist with the investigation and recording of shipwrecks in Lake Erie each summer. For more information, visit

NPS Terrestrial and Submerged Archaeology Intern

NPS: Terrestrial and Submerged Archeology Cultural Resource Management Intern- AmeriCorps
American Conservation Experience – MemberHomestead, FL
$525 a week – Internship
Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Biscayne National Park (BISC) in Florida is seeking ONE Terrestrial and Submerged Archeology Cultural Resource Management Intern to dedicate one year assisting the park archeologist and archeological technician with all aspects of the Cultural Resource Management Program. Duties include historic research, archeological survey, archeological site documentation and monitoring, and laboratory work associated with the processing and conservation of artifacts. Additionally, the intern will perform outreach services, especially to minorities and youths from local communities, and will participate in public interpretation activities at the park.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, emerging professionals with a background or interest in cultural resource management, archeology, or anthropology who possesses a deep interest in advancing their career goals through learning and commitment to the Biscayne National Park’s professional staff and resources.

Start Date: YTBD, 2017
End Date: One year from start date, 2018 A 52-week commitment is required *

Location: Biscayne National Park – Homestead, Florida.
Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoors enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.

Project Website: For more information about the park, please visit their website at: . For more information regarding American Conservation Experience: .

Compensation: The ACE intern will be expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $300/week plus a housing allowance of $225/week for a total of $525/week, paid out bi-weekly. A one-time (not to exceed) $400 travel reimbursement is also available for the intern to ease associated costs of relocation.
The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel, though a personal vehicle is required for time off and transportation to/from the duty station. Housing may be available provided (for a fee) by the NPS, but is not guaranteed.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2,887.50) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:The primary requirements of the internship will be:

  • serve as an assistant and “dive buddy” to the park archeologist and/or archeological technician during underwater archeological site monitoring and condition assessments.
  • participate in a large-scale survey and inventory project focused on new site identification, particularly the potential remains of the Guerrero, a pirate slave trader possibly lost in park waters.
  • Participate in an insitu conservation project of large historic iron artifacts
  • may also have the opportunity to participate in the instruction of an avocational archeological training program directed to the public and local SCUBA diving youth.
  • The selected intern is also encouraged to consider personal research interests that may be accommodated by access to the many rich cultural resources of the park.

The CRM intern will work directly for the BISC Chief of Resource Management and alongside an archeological technician. Additional duties include:

  • participating in a minimum of 50 archeological site condition assessments (both terrestrial and submerged)
  • performing at least 40 hours of research and 80 hours of laboratory work to assist with the Guerrero survey, will assist in drafting archeological site reports and plans, and will assist with the maintenance of the NPS ASMIS (Archeological Sites Management and Information System) database.
  • potentially assist in archeological field investigations that may include underwater or terrestrial site survey or test excavations, and will also work in the archeological laboratory working to conserve, process, and analyze archeological collections from submerged field projects.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and/or have relevant experience in Anthropology, History, Archeology, or a closely related field.

Intern must be a certified SCUBA diver (open water or higher level) and possessing of a physical condition allowing them to pass a medical exam and strenuous swimming and SCUBA diving assessments required of all NPS scientific divers. SCUBA diving is a requirement of this internship and any recipients of the internship who do not pass the NPS SCUBA requirements will be replaced.

Intern must have independent means of transportation. Though adjacent to an urban setting, the park is remote from public transportation. Between the ages of 18 and 35 Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident Must have a valid driver’s license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation, personal vehicle is required English proficiency required Effective communication skills Ability to complete tasks well with others and individually Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required Intern must provide a recent writing sample.
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

Preferred: Ideal intern would have experience with archeological field work in both submerged and terrestrial environments. Ideal intern would have experience with, or knowledge of, Geographic Information System (GIS) applications in cultural resource management. Ideal intern would have experience with or knowledge of techniques of archeological material conservation, particularly with materials recovered from submerged environments. Ideal intern would have experience with small boat operation.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume, cover letter, recent writing sample, and relevant SCUBA certification, along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or .

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National Historic Ships Policy and Projects

Operating from Royal Museums Greenwich, National Historic Ships – UK (NHS – UK) acts as the primary source of objective advice to the government and Heritage Lottery Fund on historic ship preservation and funding priorities. As the principal national focus for all matters relating to ship preservation, it also provides expert and informed advice to a range of organisations.

Closes 17 April.

Youth Diving With a Purpose

FREE Maritime Archaeology training program in Biscayne National Park, Florida

Dates: July 16th – July 26th (some students opt to stay a few extra days to participate in a coral restoration program)

Submission Deadline: Apply by March 15th (fully refundable $200 registration fee)

Requirements: Ages 16-21, minimum or 20 logged dives, and excellent buoyancy skills

Brief Description: Students will learn the basics of underwater archeology while mapping a ship wreck in Florida. Successful completion of the course will earn the student an UW archeology dive certification.

For More Info: Applications are available in dive class. YDWP website

University of Exeter, Mphil/PhD


The Centre for Maritime Historical Studies was the first of its kind in a British university and seeks to promote research into economic, social, political, naval and environmental aspects of the British maritime past from the earliest times to the present day, drawing also on European and international experience. Staff from the Centre supervise PhD students and are willing to provide supervision in the following areas of research:

  • maritime history from the Middle Ages to today;
  • business history and maritime trade;
  • port cities and communities;
  • mariners welfare and education;
  • naval history from the Middle Ages to the present day;
  • naval leadership from the late 17th century to the mid 20th century;
  • British naval administration and logistics;
  • Mediterranean maritime history from the Middle Ages to the 18th century;
  • African maritime history and port cities.

As a research student, you will be able to draw on excellent resources including the Exeter Local Maritime Archives Project database.

The Centre holds termly research seminars (in conjunction with the Society for Nautical Research), an annual international Maritime History Conference and a twice-yearly Strategic Policy Studies Group symposium (with associated publication).

Visit the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies website to find our more about our research interests and activities.

Research topic and proposal

If you are considering studying for an MPhil or PhD, you will need to pinpoint the topic in which you wish to undertake your research and identify members of academic staff who specialise in this area and can offer you supervision. Visit our staff profiles or research supervision web pages for more information about individual research interests.

Once you have identified your research area, you will need to prepare a research proposal which outlines the specific area you wish to study and submit this with your application.

Guidelines on submitting an MPhil/PhD application, including guidelines on writing a research proposal, can be found on our dedicated How to apply pages.

MA or PhD in Maritime Archaeology

Honor Frost Foundation Masters and/or Doctoral Awards in Maritime Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton

Applications are invited for a fully-funded studentship from the Honor Frost Foundation.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote the advancement and research, including publication, of maritime archaeology with particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean.  The Foundation is keen to support educational opportunities for students from the primary regions where Honor worked and is supporting a fully funded scholarship in Maritime Archaeology for students from Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria to attend the University of Southampton in September 2017.

The scholarship is primarily for study at MA/MSc level with the possibility of further funding for PhD, but may also be offered at PhD level if there are suitable candidates. This award is only available to students from Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

Students will be registered at the University of Southampton and supervised by experts in the field of Maritime Archaeology.

Closes 11 May.

2 Post Docs in Maritime Archaeology

Project description

The NWO-project “Maritime Archeology Meets Cultural History: The Texel Shipwreck BZN17 in Context” investigates the recent, spectacular find near Texel in the context of British royalist travel to and from the Dutch Republic between 1640 and 1661. The discovery of the Texel wreck BZN17 recently attracted worldwide attention. Unique objects retrieved from the wreck, some related to the British royal House of Stuart, made international headlines, exciting professional archaeologists, historians and general audiences alike. This project seeks to promote a new engagement with early modern material culture in general, and those unique objects found in the wreck in particular, using cultural historical sources and methodologies.

Two postdocs will conduct archival research in the UK and the Netherlands, establishing a historical context as well as basic facts regarding the owners of both goods and ship. Subsequent co-operation with researchers of materiality will further our understanding of how the history of Anglo-Dutch mobility and displacement of exile affected material culture, and how individual and group identities were shaped through that culture on both sides of the Channel. A pilot study for a transdisciplinary European project, this project seeks to build a bridge between maritime archeologists and cultural historians, in association with experts from the Conservation, Heritage and Museum sectors. Research outcomes will be widely disseminated through international media and exhibitions. The first Postdoc will begin on 1 May 2017.

Closes 31 March.

Research Assistant

You will contribute to a project “Living on Water: Early Iron Age lake-dwelling communities in Scotland” working with Professor Gordon Cook and Dr Derek Hamilton. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in Scottish crannogs. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Closes 9 April.