Archaeological Training

Archaeological Training Committee
David C. Thompson, Chair; Jim Tuite; Levi Holton

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SCHEDULED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

INTRODUCTION TO FORESHORE AND UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY

JULY 27-28, 2019, Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, VA

This NAS two-day course includes classroom and dry-land practical sessions that will introduce participants to the basic principles and practices of maritime archaeology and the wide variety of sites studied. Led by professional maritime archaeologists participants will take part in practical exercises using archaeological survey methods.

This course is open to everybody, divers and non-divers. No prior archaeological learning or qualifications are required.
Cost: MHC/ASV Member: $25.00 Non-Member: $105.00*
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Course Information Flyer
Course Registration Form

NAS MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY COURSE: UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS (fieldwork module)

August 3, 2019 – Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Ave, Richmond, VA 23221 (all day)
August 4, 2019 – James River, VA (all day)

A 2-day course offering a basic theoretical knowledge of underwater sound propagation and underwater acoustic applications for archaeological surveying.  Students will use a sector scan sonar to conduct an underwater survey.

Cost: $100.  (Registrations no longer being accepted – course is full)

NAS TUTOR COURSE

September 8, 2019 – Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Ave, Richmond, VA 23221 (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

The NAS Tutor Course: consists of 2 1/2 – 3 hour classroom session that provides an overview of the current NAS educational program and the new educational system that will come into effect in 2020.  Participants are then required to complete practical tutoring sessions prior to being designated as NAS tutors. 

Course Information Sheet

The classroom session is:

  • Required of all NAS members wishing to become tutors for the NAS current “Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology” class and the new “Introduction to Maritime Archaeology” class that will replace it in 2020.  Costs for course is $10.  No cost for current tutors.  
  • Required of all current and past NAS tutors who wish to continue as tutors when the new educational system takes effect next year. (Practical work is not required)
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology” course.

For more information contact:
David Thompson
diver11t@gmail.com
Phone: 517 349-2962

PADI INTRO TO MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY DISTINCTIVE SPECIALTY (classroom and diving components).

September 14-15, 2019 (based on interest) Lake Phoenix, Rawlings, VA

The purpose of the PADI Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Distinctive Specialty course is to familiarize the diver with skills, knowledge, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards, and enjoyment of Maritime Archaeology. The course is intended to serve as a controlled, supervised introduction to Maritime Archaeology and should emphasize fun and safety.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age. PADI Advanced Open Water Certification (or equivalent from another certification agency) required.
  • Online learning modules and Knowledge Reviews will be assigned and must be completed prior to the scheduled diving dates.
  • There will be one confined and two open water dives.
  • A minimum of 4 students is required to conduct this course.
  • Cost: $195.00
  • In addition, students must have DAN diving insurance and are responsible for the costs associated with the textbook, travel, lodging, meals, entry fees, scuba equipment rental, tanks and air.
  • Note: The NAS Intro and PADI Intro course together is equivalent to NAS Level 1/NAS Introduction to Maritime Archaeology award).  To receive NAS credit, you must be a member of the Nautical Archaeology Society.To register for this course click on this link. Your registration form and fees must be received by August 15, 2019. For more information, contact:
  • Jim Tuite
  • mhc.dive.safety@jamestuite.com
  • Phone: 571 228-9300

2020 TRAINING SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION

February 22, 2020 (Location to be determined)

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the theories and basic techniques of archaeological illustration and to give an understanding of the difference between a drawing and an archaeological illustration.

Day: Saturday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Post-fieldwork Credits
Length: 1 Day
Cost: $75.00 (room fee, printing, consumables)
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: None

DAN OXYGEN PROVIDER PRACTICAL TRAINING

February 23, 2020 (Location to be determined)

Day: Sunday
NAS Credit: None
Length: 2-3 hours (AM)
Cost: $60.00 (room fee, consumables)
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: DAN BLS: First Aid/CPR/AED course; Completion of online component

NAS INTRODUCTION TO FORESHORE AND UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY

May 16 – 17, 2020 (Location to be determined)

This two-day course includes classroom and dry-land practical sessions that will introduce participants to the basic principles and practices of maritime archaeology and the wide variety of sites studied. 

Day: Saturday and Sunday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 5 NAS Intro credits and 5 NAS Recorder Day credits
Length: 2 days
Cost: MHC Members: $45.00. Non-members: $125.00
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: None

PADI INTRO TO MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY DISTINCTIVE SPECIALTY (classroom and diving components).

Date: June, 2020 (to be determined)
Location: (to be determined)

The purpose of the PADI Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Distinctive Specialty course is to familiarize the diver with skills, knowledge, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards, and enjoyment of Maritime Archaeology. The course is intended to serve as a controlled, supervised introduction to Maritime Archaeology and should emphasize fun and safety.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age. PADI Advanced Open Water Certification (or equivalent from another certification agency) required.
  • Online learning modules and Knowledge Reviews will be assigned and must be completed prior to the scheduled diving dates.
  • There will be one confined and two open water dives.
  • A minimum of 4 students is required to conduct this course.
  • Cost: $195.00
  • In addition, students must have DAN diving insurance and are responsible for the costs associated with the textbook, travel, lodging, meals, entry fees, scuba equipment rental, tanks and air.

Note: The NAS Intro and PADI Intro course together is equivalent to NAS Level 1/NAS Introduction to Maritime Archaeology award).  To receive NAS credit, you must be a member of the Nautical Archaeology Society.

PADI BLACKWATER ARCHAEOLOGY COURSE

Date: (to be determined)
Locations: (to be determined)

The purpose of the PADI Blackwater Archaeology Specialty Diver Course is to teach the student diver the skills and techniques necessary to perform underwater archaeology in a no-visibility or low-visibility environment safely.

Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years of age. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, or open water with the  following specialties: Navigation, Deep, and Wreck
  • Online learning modules and Knowledge Reviews will be assigned and must be completed prior to the scheduled diving dates.
  • There will be two confined and two open water dives.
  • A maximum of two students per instructor
  • In addition, students must have DAN diving insurance and are responsible for the costs associated with the textbook, travel, lodging, meals, entry fees, scuba equipment rental, tanks and air.

Days: Saturday and Sunday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Credits
Length: 2 days
Cost: to be determined
Location: To be determined

INTRODUCTION TO SITE PHOTOGRAPHY

September 26, 2020

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basic procedures, techniques, and field protocols of archaeological site photography Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of photography.

Day: Saturday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Credits
Length: 1 day
Cost: $45 (room fee and printing)
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: None

ANCHOR RECORDING

September 27, 2019

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the theories and techniques for the recording of marine anchors in archaeological contexts. 

Day: Sunday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 2.5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Credits
Length: 1/2 day
Cost: $45 (room fee and printing)
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: None

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAMMETRY

November 7, 2020

The aim of this course is to introduce the participants to the theory and techniques of photogrammetry and their application to archaeological survey methodology.

Day: Saturday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Credits
Length: 1 day
Cost: $45 (room fee and printing)
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: None

NUMISMATICS

November 8, 2020

This course aims to introduce participants to numismatics as it relates to archaeology.  Subjects studied will include the main types of coinage found in archaeological contexts, the practical identification of coins, and the interpretation of hoards and site finds

Day: Sunday
NAS Credit: Eligible for 5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Credits
Length: 1 day
Cost: $45 (room fee and printing)
Location: To be determined
Prerequisites: None

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