Archaeological Training

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

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SCHEDULED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

(this page is continually updated)

Registration:  Contact Dave at: diver11t@gmail.com for ZOOM invitation and class handouts.

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATION

Saturday, 14 November 2020 (pre-registration required)

This is a one-day course combining theory sessions with practical exercises. The course will look at different techniques and conventions of archaeological illustration while explaining the purpose and requirements of illustration. Practical sessions will involve students producing a number of illustrations using household items as substitutes for real artifacts to illustrate the different shading and handling techniques.

NAS Credit: Current NAS members will earn 5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Credits
Length: 1 day (9am – 4pm)
Cost: Free – but attendance is limited
Location: ZOOM on-line seminar
Prerequisites: None – NO ARTISTIC SKILL REQUIRED!

Registration: Contact Dave at: diver11t@gmail.com for ZOOM invitation and class handouts.

NOTE: PDFs of the student handouts, including note taking guide and workbook, for use in class will be sent to participants prior to class and must be printed off. Also, see below to see what tools/items you will need to join the online course.

WHAT YOU NEED TO JOIN THE ONLINE COURSE: A computer or tablet with built-in or external cameras (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run via ZOOM, an online video conferencing program, course handouts.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE – supplied by participant
– Student Exercise Booklet – PFD printed off by participant
– Blank 8 ½” x 11” paper – plain or graph paper
– Pencils and pencil sharpener – any will do (but technical or HB pencils are best)
– Eraser Straight Ruler – mm scale preferred
– Rotring or Pigma Micron 0.5mm pen – (recommend disposable due to cost)
– Drafting tape (masking tape or “magic” scotch tape will do)
– Inexpensive geometry/drafting set (compass, dividers, triangle)
– Smooth, flat surface for drawing

SUBSTITUTE ARTIFACTS REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE – supplied by participant

– Item of pottery, preferably a broken cup of any vintage
– Wooden item such as spoon or spatula
– Metal knife or fork
– Another type of ‘small find’ that you would like to illustrate such as a glass, old shoe, etc.

INTRODUCTION TO WATERLOGGED TIMBER RECORDING

Saturday, 12 December 2020 (pre-registration required)

This is a 1/2-day course combining theory sessions with a short practical exercise. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the theories and techniques for the recording of waterlogged timber in archaeology.

NAS Credit: Current NAS members will earn 2.5 NAS Maritime Archaeology Credits (Part III)
Length: 1/2 day (1pm – 4pm EST)
Cost: Free – but attendance is limited
Location: ZOOM on-line seminar
Prerequisites: None

Registration: Contact Dave, via email, at: diver11t@gmail.com

Include the following information:

– Course registering for

– Full Name

– Address

– Email

– Archaeological group membership/affiliation (if any)

– NAS number (if member)

PDFs of the student handouts, including note taking guide, for use in class will be sent to participants upon acceptance of registration.

NOTE:  Registration ends 7 December 2020.

WHAT YOU NEED TO JOIN THE ONLINE COURSE: A computer or tablet with built-in or external cameras with a good internet connection is essential.  Upon registration in the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session.  The course will be run via ZOOM, an online video conferencing program.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE – supplied by participant
– Blank 8 ½” x 11” graph paper
– Pencils and pencil sharpener

– Smooth, flat surface for drawing

INTRO TO MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY DISTINCTIVE SPECIALTY

Date: (contact Jim Tuite mhc.dive.safety@gmail.com if you are interested in taking this course)
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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