2018 Ohio Underwater Archaeology


This information is from the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team.  We hope you can join them for this fascinating workshop and presentation by Dr. John O’Shea!

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 divers. At the completion of the class, all students will become members of MAST and invited to take part in field work. 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 28. 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 for in-water practice (May 19 or 20).

The dinner program on Saturday night is open to the public. It will be the annual meeting of the MAST membership, as well as an excellent presentation by Dr. John O’Shea, Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (UMMAA), and the Emerson F. Greenman Collegiate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology. He will be presenting “Hunting Caribou Hunters Beneath Lake Huron”, which will discuss his research into pre-historic crossings on the bed of Lake Huron.

Click here to sign up!

Maritime Archaeology Course

Great lakes summer course in Maritime Archaeology with Trent University (Canada). Participants will gain experience in recording 19th C shipwrecks and maritime landscapes, on location at Penetanguishene’s Historic Naval and Military Establishment. Syllabus to be posted shortly. Please contact Dr. James Connolly jamesconolly@trentu.ca or Dr. Kimberly Monk (kimberlymonk@trentu.ca) for further information: 


Dr. Kimberly E. Monk | Department of Anthropology | Trent University | 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON Canada K9L 0G2 | tel +1 (647) 643-8722anth4900h-martime-archaeology-poster

Maritime Grants

The John Morrison Memorial Fund for Hellenic Maritime Studies

Open: Yes

The John Morrison Memorial Fund for Hellenic Maritime Studies has been inaugurated by gifts from the family of the late John Morrison in his memory. Its purpose is to further research into all branches of Hellenic maritime studies of any period.

One or two grants, which are unlikely to be more than £500 in total, may be made. Grants may also be available from the Fund for buying maritime books and journals for the School’s Library. Applications should be submitted by 27th April 2018. Candidates should submit letters of application to the Assistant Director, Dr. Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, by e-mail (assistant.director@bsa.ac.uk). Letters should not be longer than two pages and should include a statement of the purposes of the application and a budget and timetable for the proposed work, together with the name and address of a referee whom the awarding panel may consult. Applications may be made for, but are not limited to, grants towards the maintenance costs of longer stays at museums and other study centres so as to achieve work that would not otherwise have been attempted. Recipients of awards must submit a short report on the use of the grant by 30th April the following year.



Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project 2018 Field Season

Vacancies exist for the VMAP Terrestrial Project (no diving) April 2018. More information now at hand. The team will be assisting Dinh Thanh Nga with her MA at Son Hao, exploring Cong Cai to gain an understanding of the area and carry out mapping and continue surveying the sand dunes on the eastern side of Quan Lan Island to investigate pre-historic sites. The team will consider visiting sites in the Thang Loi commune.
VMAP is calling for expressions of interest by those who would like to participate in field work in Vietnam in early April 2018 (Dates to be determined but likely first 2 weeks of April).

WHERE: Following successful field work at Son Hao on Quan Lan Island in the Quang Ninh province, the team will be exploring the Cong Cai area and nearby islands searching for potential sites for future field work as well as the work outlined above.
This investigation will be conducted by archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology (IA) of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences of Vietnam in association with VMAP archaeologists and participants.

COSTS: Participants will be expected to arrange and pay for their visa for Vietnam as well as travel insurance and pay for their own airfares to and from Hanoi, Vietnam. Participants will pay a participation fee of US$1,000 or AUD$ 1,200 or 800 Euros. This will be used to cover on-the-ground expenses such as ground and ferry transport, accommodation and food as well as making a contribution to the fieldwork costs. An additional fee may be imposed to cover the costs of boat transport around the islands. This additional fee has not been determined. VMAP is currently seeking a sponsor/benefactor to assist with this expense.

PREREQUISITES: This will be a small team. Participants must be physically fit, have an adventurous spirit, be prepared to work under challenging conditions and have a passion for Vietnamese maritime heritage and archaeology.

The Project Co-ordinator will be archaeologist Bob Sheppard (Heritage Detection Australia in Western Australia). Participants should send an email expression of interest attaching an electronic copy of their cv (as a pdf or in Word format with a maximum of 4 pages) to:

SC Maritime Archaeologist


Incumbent reports to the State Underwater Archaeologist, Head, Maritime Research Division. Undertakes underwater archaeological management and research by planning and conducting archaeological research, develops public educational and outreach offerings, administers the review and compliance of development projects, oversees the technical and logistical aspects of survey and diving operations, supervises the operation, use and maintenance of Division assets including boats, vehicles and equipment, and trains staff on their proper use, and supports other activities as directed by the Division head to meet Division goals. The incumbent will also meet and maintain SCIAA’s Dive Safety & Control Board scientific diving requirements. Position requires travel within the state for fieldwork, presentations, and meetings. The position is based in Columbia.

For more information contact:

James D. Spirek

State Underwater Archaeologist

Maritime Research Division

South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

College of Arts and Sciences

University of South Carolina

1321 Pendleton Street

Columbia SC 29208 USA

Phone: (803) 576-6566

Fax: (803) 254-1338

E-mail: spirek@sc.edu


For more information about the Maritime Research Division:

Maritime Research Division Website: http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/sciaa/mrd/

Facebook: @MaritimeResearchDivision

Tribal Consultation Coordinator

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation’s offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies. For information about our bureau go to: http://www.boem.gov/

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Environmental Programs (OEP), in Sterling, VA. For each major stage of offshore energy and mineral planning, exploration and development, the OEP conducts environmental analyses under a suite of statutory mandates, Secretarial Orders, and Presidential Executive Orders. The incumbent serves as the Headquarters Tribal Coordinator and as a BOEM subject matter expert for tribal consultation in OEP. The incumbent is responsible for overall development and implementation of program policy and analyses on matters concerning tribal consultation, collaboration, and outreach.

This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.

Closes 1/8/2018.