Maritime Archaeology Courses

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2019 Short Courses in Maritime Archaeology @ Flinders

This course is an intensive introduction to materials science; deterioration processes in marine environments; pre-disturbance conservation surveys; in-situ conservation and stabilisation; recovery, initial storage, stabilisation and transportation of artefacts; and refers to storage and display of conserved artefacts. It is designed to provide participants with a general theoretical and practical background to archaeological conservation. It should also equip archaeologists with the appropriate conservation knowledge and skills necessary for the effective management of submerged cultural heritage. This topic will be taught in intensive mode during one week and will necessitate involvement and input from a range of maritime practitioners.  The body of the topic will comprise lectures, a practical exercise and a tutorial. It will be taught at Flinders University with the support of staff from the Department of Materials Conservation, Western Australian Museum.

When it’s run: 23–27 September 2019

Lecturers: Vicki Richard & Jon Carpenter

If you need further information please contact the Practicum Coordinator—Associate Professor Wendy van Duivenvoorde in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Via email: or phone: +61 8 8201 5195.

Marine geophysics and remote sensing
This short course will introduce students to the basics of marine geophysics for archaeology and the theory behind remote sensing: sidescan, marine magnetometer, multi beam and sub bottom profiler. The practicum will include one field day on the water where students learn how to operate a sidescan sonar, collect data on a local shipwreck site using a sidescan sonar, and process the data. Students will work closely with our Industry partners. The field day will be devoted to data acquisition, shipwreck mapping, interpretation and reporting as would be expected in a professional environment. Students will also learn data processing using SonarWiz software in the Digital Archaeology Lab.

When it’s run: 25–29 November 2019

Lecturers: Paul Baggaley & Jonathan Benjamin

If you need further information please contact the Practicum Coordinator—Dr Jonathan Benjamin in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Via email: or phone: +61 8 8201 5875.

Who should attend?
There are no prerequisites for these short courses other than being over the age of 18 years. Moderate levels of fitness will be necessary for some components of the short courses. Note: SCUBA diving qualifications are NOT necessary for participation.
These courses will be of particular interest to students of archaeology, anthropology, history, geography, conservation, environmental management, and heritage, as well as avocational archaeologists and archaeology professionals.
Participants who complete the assessments are supplied with a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to a 4.5 unit topic. Participants should be able to use this to negotiate credit with their home institution which we recommend they do prior to making arrangements to attend this field school.
How to apply?
$2133 (inc. GST).
$3350 (inc. GST) for overseas participants.

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