Archaeological Training

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

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SCHEDULED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

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NAUTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY (NAS) TUTOR COURSE

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Location: Chesapeake, VA

The NAS Tutor Course: consists of 2 1/2 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. 

  • 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)

Registration Form (download – click on link)

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAMMETRY

May 30, 2020 (preregistration required)

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: Mariner’s Museum, Hampton Roads, VA
Prerequisites: None
Materials Needed: (see registration form)
Registration Form (download-click on link)

NAS INTRODUCTION TO FORESHORE AND UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY

August 1-2, 2020

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: $105.00
Location: Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, VA
Prerequisites: None
Registration Form (download-click on link)

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION

September 26, 2020 (preregistration required)

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: $65.00 (room fee, printing, consumables)
Location: Mariner’s Museum, Hampton Roads, VA
Prerequisites: None
Registration Form (download-click on link)

ANCHOR RECORDING

September 27, 2020

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: Mariner’s Museum, Hampton Roads, VA
Prerequisites: None
Registration Form (download-click on link)

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

Date: (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

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