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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Caribbean - Dominican Republic - ADMAT's Le Casimir Wreck Project - 2016

Caribbean - Dominican Republic - ADMAT's Le Casimir Wreck Project - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-02-02
End Date 2016-12-30

Multiple Session information

Please see ADMAT's web page for the dates.

Archaeology Field School Location

Monte Cristi, on the north cost of the Dominican Republic. Le Casimir is located on a reef seven miles to the east of Monte Cristi

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

The project is run by ADMAT and ADMAT FRANCE in assocuiation with Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, Paris

Academic Credit

NAS training credits are given via Toronto Chapter SOS, NAS Canada ADMAT’s own Underwater Survey Diver course certificate. PADI PICS.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room and Board is included in the participation price. Room is in the accommodation building at the ADMAT MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTRE at Monte Cristi, which consists of a large kitchen/living room and two large (bunk) bed rooms with bathrooms. Bedding and bathroom towels are provided. Board is a help-yourself continental style breakfast, a simple packed lunch, and a cooked meal for dinner. Water, squash, milk and tea/coffee is included (but not alcohol or branded fizzy drinks).

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Please see ADMAT's web page for full costings.

Archaeology Field School Description

ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running a Maritime Archaeological Project during 2015 to continue the Survey work on Le Casimir, in the Dominican Republic. The work is being carried out for the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) the Government department. This project will instruct students survey and excavation techniques as well as documentation of artefacts. This is open for all students or volunteers over 18 years of age, with a minimum qualification of PADI Advanced Open Water / BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent. The project language is English. Two week slots available. Full information about these projects and the history of the ship and the wrecking can be found on ADMAT's website. This is a hands on course going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from The Tile Wreck 1720's and Le Casimir. For further information on this and other projects, please look at ADMAT's website where there are over 6,000 photographs and 158 pages of information on our past projects.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Maritime, nautical, underwater

Time Period

Post Columbus

Field School Setting/Conditions

The field school takes place by the small historic town of Monte Cristi. The base (the ADMAT MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTRE) is located just out of town close to the beach and with salt pans in the backyard. It consists of an accommodation building and behind that outdoor tanks and a large indoor tank room with wet lab. Diving Equipment: Diving tanks, air, and block led weight will be provided. All other personal diving equipment must be brought to the field school by each diver. Please see ADMAT website for list of required equipment.

How is the project area accessed each day

: Lab based artefact recording is taught at base. Getting to the wreck site itself from base is quick, a few minutes by car and then approx. 2 hr by boat through the mangroves.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

See web page for details

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Since 2003
Is there a professional certification for this field school

NAS training credits are given via Toronto Chapter SOS, NAS Canada ADMAT’s own Underwater Survey Diver course certificate. PADI PICS.

Directors and Instructors

Dr Simon Q Spooner BSc MRICS MIFA (Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE) Sq Ldr. Jeremy Schomberg; Dr Francois Gendron John Downing & Raimund Krob. (Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

*ADMAT’s own Underwater Survey Diver course certificate. *Manual Mapping/Drawing of site and shipwreck *Digital photography of ships construction and artefacts underwater, and of artefacts in lab. *Excavation using water dredge *Ships Construction *Use of Metal Detector *Use of underwater Gradiometer *Basic use of Magnetometer *Artefact Recording *Introduction to Site recording using the Site Recorder computer program *Compressor operation

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes visits to other wrecks sites may be planed subject to weather

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes there is a full session of lectures planned.

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Please see all the information on ADMAT's web site

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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