2019 Field School in St. Augustine, FL

Underwater Archaeology Field School

The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is pleased to provide a one-of-a-kind field school experience in St. Augustine, FL. LAMP oversees an intense, four week accredited educational program allowing both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in a marine survey and underwater excavation of a historic shipwreck site. In addition to methodological training and academic lectures, students get valuable real-world experience in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork, scientific diving and seamanship and laboratory analysis.

2019 Field School

  • 2019 Dates: June 24th – July 19th
  • Location: St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Research Focus: The “Anniversary Wreck” is an historic vessel from the 1700s located just off the coast of St. Augustine.
  • Skills, Procedures & Lectures: Students will also be instructed in scientific diving procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, the use of hydraulic probes and induction dredges, marine remote sensing survey and analysis (magnetometer & side scan sonar), artifact collection and documentation and basic conservation laboratory methodology. Additionally, the field school will host an evening lecture series with instructors and visiting professionals from various public, private and academic institutions throughout Florida.


  • Students must be scuba-certified and EITHER qualify as a scientific diver through AAUS(American Academy of Underwater Sciences) or a similar institution OR qualify as a scientific-diver-in-training through LAMP’s scientific diver program. These requirements include a specific medical exam to be completed prior to field school and a swim test to be conducted upon arrival. More information and downloads of the medical exam form and other required paperwork are available below.
  • Students must have DAN diving accident insurance covering at least $125,000 for skin and scuba diving injuries, or an equivalent policy.
  • Students must hold current CPR and First Aid certifications.

The fee for the field school is $2,500 for students seeking academic credit and $2,900 for students not seeking credit. A $250 deposit is due upon acceptance and the remainder is due on the first day of class; all fees are payable to LAMP. This fee includes housing, food (except on weekends when you are responsible for your own food), all diving gear (other than mask, fins, snorkels, & booties), air fills, dive locker, classroom and laboratory facilities. The deposit and remaining balance may be paid with check or credit card.

Graduate or undergraduate credit is available through Plymouth State University or through your own institution, if appropriate arrangements are made, at additional expense paid directly to the school for tuition. Students may receive four credit hours for completing the full four week program. Tuition must be paid separately through the university issuing credit and the tuition cost is separate from the Field School fee payable to LAMP.

Housing is provided as part of the programs, but students must provide their own transportation to and from St. Augustine. Students are also responsible for the required diving insurance, diving medical exam and CPR/First Aid before the start of the course.

If you have any other questions, please call or email Allyson Ropp at lamp@staugustinelighthouse.org or 904-829-0745.


Allyson Ropp


81 Lighthouse Avenue

Saint Augustine, Florida 32080

(904) 829-0745, ext. 247

Email: aropp@staugustinelighthouse.org


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