Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society’s 2009 Intro Course in Underwater Archaeology

Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society’s 2009 Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology

The Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) still has several openings for its annual Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology starting Wednesday, January 28, 2009.  The course consists of nine evening sessions (7:30-9:00pm) on Wednesday nights at the McLean High School, Media Center, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA, and a pool session.  The cost of the course is $150. (Make checks payable to MAHS, PO Box 44382, L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20026)  Course texts, which are optional, are expected to cost about $25.  The class is open to all interested persons. Directions to McLean High School are found on our website

 2009 Underwater Archaeology Course Schedule

 Jan 28            Introduction to Underwater Archaeology

Feb 4              Archival Research

Feb 18            Ship’s  Architecture

Feb 25            Position Fixing and Search Methods

Mar 4              Surveying, Recording and Mapping

Mar 18            Photography and Video Documentation

Mar 25            Conservation of Artifacts

Apr 1              Ethics and the Law

Apr 22            Project Planning and Report Preparation

Apr 29/May 6 Snow Dates if earlier session canceled

TBD Sat/Sun-Apr/May  Survey and Mapping Pool Session

 If your schedule or location do  not permit attending these evening classes, MAHS also offers the course on a ten video cassette series with instructor guide for $199.95.  For further info on the video course contact us at the e-mail above.

Upon completion of the introductory course, the student who is a certified scuba diver will be eligible to enroll in an underwater archaeology field school to be held in Key Largo, FL June 25-28, 2009 or in local area field schools to be scheduled later.  PADI certifications in underwater/maritime archaeology are available to graduates of these courses. 

MAHS is an internationally recognized non- profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the research and preservation of our maritime heritage and to increasing the general public’s awareness of this heritage.  As part of our charter, we hold monthly meetings with guest speakers, conduct various underwater archaeology courses and field schools annually, and participate in various interesting and exciting archaeological and historical projects.

 For further information about the course see our website at or e-mail us at the address listed above.