16th Century Shipwrecks Conference


The Santa Elena Foundation will present an educational symposium on “Shipwrecks of America’s Lost Century” in Beaufort from April 5 – 6, 2019. This one-day conference gathers together a group of eminent maritime historians and nautical archaeologists to share their understanding of seafaring ventures and shipwrecks from the sixteenth century, America’s Lost Century. SC Humanities supported this program with a Major Grant.

The symposium will include lectures, video presentations, discussions, and Q&A periods covering European activity on America’s southeast coast during the 16thcentury, including the discovery of ten Spanish and French active shipwreck archaeology projects. In addition, the program will include a special recognition of the contributions by Dr. Eugene Lyon in illuminating the early maritime and colonial efforts at Santa Elena and in Spanish La Florida.

Presenters include Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Don Keith, Ships of Discovery; Paul Hoffman, Louisiana State University; Barto Arnold, Institute of Nautical Archaeology; Roger Smith, Florida Division of Historical Resources; John Bratten, University of West Florida; Corey Malcom, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum; Chuck Meide, St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program; Brad Loewen, Université de Montréal; Gordon Watts, Tidewater Atlantic Research, Inc; and James Spirek, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

A replica of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ flagship, will be available for tours on the Beaufort waterfront from March 29 – April 7.

The symposium is ticketed, and registration is required, as seats are limited. To register or for more information, visit https://santa-elena.org/shipwrecks-conference-announcement/.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.  It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.


PhD Studentship in Maritime Archaeology


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, Egypt and Syria to attend the University of Southampton commencing in September 2019.


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. Due to funding restrictions, this award is only available to students from Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria.

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

2019 Maritime Archaeology Surveying Techniques (MAST)

MAST 2019 Announcement

University of Hawaiʻi Marine Option Program in partnership with NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will hold a maritime archaeology field school July 1 – 12, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.  During this two week field experience, students will learn basic underwater archaeological survey and historical research techniques from instructors, Col. Don Froning (USMC) and Dr. Hans Van Tilburg (NOAA Sanctuaries).  Our sites of interest may include various WWII era vessels which will be mapped.  All interested individuals should be fully authorized UH Scientific Divers with a 40’ depth authorization before the start of the field school current through the end of MAST.  This course has openings for 8 qualified students.  For off island students, on-campus housing is available through East-West Center Housing at a reasonable rate, go to  https://www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/housing/visitor-housing – for information and reservations.

Offshore Geo


EDF Renewables North America, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, is a leading North American independent power producer boasting over 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of services. Our mission is to deliver renewable solutions to lead the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Scope of Job:

Responsible for geotechnical and geophysical work during all phase of offshore wind projects, from desktop data acquisition to surveys.

Facilitate identification of geo-risks and report new geo-risks when they arise (eg. UXO, archaeology, boulders etc.).

MSDS Marine Vacancies

MSDS Marine have grown steadily since first established in 2011 and are now a market leader in maritime archaeology in the UK. MSDS Marine currently have a large volume of work and are involved in many high profile development projects. As a result, we are looking to expand our team with enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals. Various positions are available and we are particularly keen to hear from people with geophysical experience or an interest and ability to learn. You will be educated to at least degree level with a passion for heritage. A proven track record in commercial archaeology work would be beneficial but is not essential as we have opportunities for recent graduates.

Find out more here – Roles at MSDS Marine March 2019



RECON Offshore is now staffing

RECON Offshore is seeking interested contractors and individuals for employment, teaming, and partnering. Specifically seeking underwater/maritime archaeologists, submerged prehistoric archaeologists, GIS specialists, and maritime historians. RECON is a new worldwide provider of marine archaeology services focusing on submerged cultural resources management.

Massachusetts Underwater Archaeologist


The incumbent is the Chief Archaeologist, also referred to as the State Underwater Archaeologist, of the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Its mission is to identify, preserve, and interpret the Commonwealth’s underwater cultural heritage, anon-renewable public resources, for the recreational, economic, environmental, and historical benefit of its citizens.. In accordance with MGL C.6, sec.179, the incumbent may also serve as Director of the BUAR. As the senior lead technical specialist in underwater archaeology and related historic/cultural/heritage resource preservation issues, the incumbent is routinely responsible for analyzing data and giving advice to BUAR members and EEA senior management as it relates to the statewide implications of making a decision on a project or statewide operation. This advice routinely requires a high degree of experiential context relating to BUAR activity, accounting for public concerns and interests, and with full cognizance of other governmental and private sector needs and reactions. The position requires a mixture of unique technical science and experiential context.