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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Australia - Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum Gold Coast Wreck Conservation Project - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-07-07
End Date 2014-07-19

Archaeology Field School Location

All field work and lectures will be held in Gold Coast. Transportation to and from Gold Coast, Queensland is the responsibility of the participant. Local transportation in and around Gold Coast will be provided by EHP/Flinders University.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Flinders University

Archaeology Field School Tuition

There are different costs associated with this course depending on your enrolment:

Flinders University Students
The normal 4.5 unit topic fee for archaeology (students may choose to defer payment via HECS). Enrolled international students are liable for normal international tuition fees.

Overseas Participants
AUD$3000 tuition fee (inclusive of GST).

Non-Flinders University Australian Students
AUD$1750 postgraduate topic fee (inclusive of GST).

Practicum Fee

Additional costs

Archaeology Field School Description

The practicum will be based in Gold Coast, Queensland, with the support of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and the Gold Coast City Council. Please see websites for more details:

The students will focus on recording and investigating the origin of a section of wreck recovered in 1974. While it was popularly regarded as part of the 1846 wreck of Coolangatta, there has been a long held debate that it could also represent the partial remains of the Heroine (1897). Both vessels were built in NSW and share some characteristics, although were constructed 50 years apart.

The Coolangatta is an early shipwreck for SE QLD (1846). The entry for the Coolangatta in the ANSDB can be found at:

The project will provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills in:

Documenting and identifying ship components;
Conducting historic research and evaluating findings;
Investigation of ships materials;
Undertake offshore remote sensing surveys;
Entering relics in the Australian National Shipwreck Database;
Consider management and conservation of an actual wreck.

This topic aims to:

Provide graduate students with the opportunity for additional training in practical aspects of maritime archaeology and the opportunity to apply their theoretical classroom learning to “real world” situations.

Introduce students to professional maritime archaeologists and the breadth and depth of their job descriptions. This should help students develop a sense of workplace culture, and understand the utility of developing reasoning and research skills for future use in the workplace.
Expose students to the range and variety of field projects, methodologies and practical skills necessary for conducting maritime archaeology and give further meaning and relevance to their classroom learning experiences.

Students should:

Become “workplace literate” acquiring the practical and technical skills for conducting maritime archaeology fieldwork. They should also gain a better understanding for the legal and ethical responsibilities that accompany the profession.
Create professional relationships with maritime archaeologists currently working in the field and gain an understanding of their workplace and job descriptions. Students will also enhance their employment prospects by acquiring field experience.
Develop an appreciation for working in a team setting, acquiring the personal and professional attributes necessary to work with others to complete tasks.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

If you need further information please contact the Topic Coordinator Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde in the Department of Archaeology, Flinders University:

Phone: +61 8 8201 5195
Mail: Department of Archaeology, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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