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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Caribbean - Dominican Republic - ADMAT's Tile Wreck Project 2011

Caribbean - Dominican Republic - ADMAT's Tile Wreck Project 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-06-04
End Date 2011-07-30

Multiple Sessions 4
Multiple Session information 4th - 18th June 18th June - 2nd July 2nd July - 16th July 16th July - 30th July
Archaeology Field School Location
ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Centre. Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
ADMAT is working with Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático (ONPCS) and the French Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, to conduct a maritime archaeological survey and excavation of this possible French shipwreck.

Academic Credit
Our students mainly do not require credit. However letters of participation to departments and professors can be given.
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Yes all the necessary training will be given.
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Archaeology Field School Travel
See web site for details
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
See web site for details

Archaeology Field School Description

Field School Overview:
This is a unique opportunity to join ADMAT’s maritime archaeological project in the historic town of Monte Cristi on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. ADMAT is working with Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático (ONPCS) to conduct a maritime archaeological survey and excavation of this possible French shipwreck. For most of 2006 and in part in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, this wreck was subject to detailed archaeological survey. The new information expanded the original survey conducted in 2000 and yielded over 2,000 artefacts, three iron cannons, three anchors and many important French faience ware sherds.

Research in Paris led by Dr Francois Gendron and Dr. Jean Rosen from CNRS, has confirmed that the faience ware came from the "Nevers" foundry and dates the sinking of this wreck between 1720 and 1723.

Applications are invited from divers, students, archaeologists and volunteers (minimum age 18) wishing to participate in the project. Only eight places per week are available, so this is a unique opportunity to have maximum hands on training. For information look through the web pages

Brief History of The Tile Wreck:
The wreck is called The Tile Wreck, due to the cargo which was found in the lower hull. Thousands of terracotta square floor tiles were found, together with shaped and pre cut granite blocks. Clearly the cargo was intended to build something significant as the sheer cost of shipping building materials from Europe to the New World was very costly. In late 1999 the site was attacked by looters, who looted seven iron cannons from the site and it was decided that an interim survey was required, to ascertain the nationality and nature of the surviving sections of the shipwreck. This was undertaken in 2000, and followed up in 2006 with a major survey and partial excavation. During the 2006 survey, many pottery sherds were found, indicating a possible French cargo. The lower hull construction remains and provides an excellent insight into the ship construction of the late 1690s to early 1700s. the keelson, mast step, floors and ceiling are mainly intact for the central section.

Field School Objectives & Methodology:
The objectives for the 2011 season, are to expand the survey to locate, the bow cant and stern cant frames. The team will also work in the lab recording the artefacts already recovered using the specially designed databases. For the diving team, their time will be split between diving days and recording days on an equal basis. During the diving days, the team will measure and record the remaining structure and archaeological training will be given on survey equipment and various relevant archaeological lectures will also be run, weather and time permitting. This is a very active field school, with half of the time taken on diving and the other on artefact handling. All team members will be expected to muck in and take active part in all tasks.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Time Period

How is the project area accessed each day
The project is located in ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Centre in Monte Cristi, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The team will be travelling from the accommodation to the boats which are situated near Club Nautico, to the Tile Wreck which is about a mile away. From there the team will go each day by boat through the mangroves to the wreck which is about 15 minutes away.

What is the daily schedule for the field school
Please see web site
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
ADMAT's projects started in 2003
Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Dr. Simon Q. Spooner, Dr. Francois Gendron, May Loo, John Downing, Jenny Chow, Rami Rodriguez.
Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
Artefact handling, underwater survey methodology, ADMAT's Underwater Survey Diver Course or ADMAT's Proton Magnetometer Course.
On rain days will there be lab work?
Yes plenty to do documenting artefacts from this wreck
Will there be additional organized activities?
Will there be additional organized activities?

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Dr. Simon Q. Spooner

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