Maritime Archaeology Field School

2020 Flinders University Maritime Archaeology Field School

Rye, Victoria 2-15 February 2020

The 2020 Maritime Archaeology Field School will be based in Rye, Victoria, and will run in cooperation with Heritage Victoria and the Maritime Archaeology Association of Victoria. We will be participating in an exciting project focusing on the survey and excavation of Australian-built shipwrecks off the Rye Jetty.

The field school provides students with an introduction to the techniques of underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording, excavation, photogrammetry and conservation. Some lectures and videos will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. It includes practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.

Students may investigate a number of maritime sites on land and underwater including:

• Archaeological survey and excavation of three early historic shipwrecks off Rye Jetty;

• Geophysical surveys of waters around the Rye and Flinders Jetties;

• Maritime cultural landscape surveys of the area; or

• Archaeological survey of maritime infrastructure at Rye and Flinders
When it’s run: 2–15 February 2020


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 preferred but 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 vocational 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?

Apply via


$2133 (inc. GST)

$3350 (inc. GST) for overseas participants

Plus a $900 field school fee (for accommodation, food, local transport, etc).

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

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