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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Atlantic - Bermuda - Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-07-16
End Date 2012-08-08

Archaeology Field School Location

Bermuda Maritime Museum 1 The Keep Sandys MA 0 Bermuda

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, CA

University of Rhode Island,
Kingston, RI

Academic Credit

Full course credit

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Varies with each institution. Students may enroll through either SMC or URI.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
Approximately $375 for airfare
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Modest room & board for on-campus housing (if necessary) during first week of field school.

Archaeology Field School Description

The field school will be conducted in the three-week period from July 16 to August 8, 2012. Advanced scuba training, leading to the American Academy of Underwater Sciencesí (AAUS) S src="/plugins/editors/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> cientific Diver certification, and classroom work related to maritime history and maritime archaeological field methods will comprise week one of the field school. Underwater research and documentation of 16th and 17th century shipwrecks will be conducted in Bermuda during the remaining weeks. Students will receive a one-course upper division anthropology credit. Professor James M. Allan of the Saint Mary's College Anthropology Department and Professor Roderick Mather of the University of Rhode Island History Department are the program directors. Both Dr. Allan and Dr. Mather have extensive experience in underwater archaeological field methods, archival research, and scientific diving. Course enrollment is limited. There are no academic prerequisites, but all participants in the field school must obtain both scuba and AAUS certification prior to the beginning of the field school and must have their own diving equipment (tanks and dive weights will be provided). While in Bermuda, students will participate in each of three research modules: laboratory training in the museum's conservation facility, archaeological survey and documentation of historic shipwrecks, and archival research in the Bermuda National Archives, located in the nearby city of Hamilton. Students will be required to keep a field journal containing details of each dayís research activities, instruction, and procedures. Journals will be submitted for evaluation at the end of the field school. Students will also be required to prepare and submit a scaled plan of the shipwreck site that we will be documenting, and will participate in preparing a collaborative report on the field school that will be submitted for publication in MariTimes, the magazine of the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Students will also prepare a short term paper using materials presented in the course reader, supplementary readings available in the Bermuda Maritime Museumís library, or from primary documents available in the Bermuda National Archives. In addition, while in Bermuda students will attend periodic lectures on such topics as archival research methods, archaeological survey (magnetometer and visual survey), site excavation and mapping, analysis of archaeological data, conservation of waterlogged artifacts, etc. Participants in the field school will make their own arrangements for air travel from the United States to Bermuda and back. To enter Bermuda, visitors from the United States must present a US Passport. During the field session, students and faculty will stay in the Bermuda Maritime Museum's hostel. The hostel has excellent kitchen facilities, which will be utilized by a supervising cook and two daily "volunteers" who will be selected in accordance with a rota and will assist the cook in preparing meals and cleaning up. Ground transportation from the Bermuda airport to the Museum and back will be included in course fees. All other ground transportation must be individually arranged. Mopeds are the common conveyance and may be rented upon arrival, although this is not recommended. Bermuda has an efficient and inexpensive bus service that is preferable. In addition, a fast and efficient ferry system connects Ireland Island, location of the museum, with the City of Hamilton and drops off passengers within walking distance of the Bermuda Archives and library and will provide students with the opportunity to experience Bermuda's culture on their days off.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

16th-20th centuries

Field School Setting/Conditions

The Bermuda Maritime Museum, located on Ireland Island, Bermuda, wi src="/plugins/editors/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> ll host the field school. Bermuda is an island about 20 miles long located 650 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

How is the project area accessed each day

The museum will provide a 20 ft. and 24 ft. dive boat for transportation to and from the dive sites and to act as the working dive platform. The museum will also provide dive tanks, weights, and an air compressor. Students must provide all other dive equipment.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

First week of field school will be held on the campuses of the respective sponsoring institutions. Beginning in the second week, students and staff from both institutions will meet in Bermuda. Field activities occur daily during the period July 21- Aug 6, with periodic days off.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
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Directors and Instructors

Dr. James M. Allan Department of Anthropology Saint Mary's College of California 1928 Saint Marys Road Moraga, CA 94575

Dr. Roderick Mather Department of History Washburn Hall University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 02881

Dr. Steve Smith, Dive Safety Officer, Saint Mary's College of California 1928 Saint Marys Road Moraga, CA 94575

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

archival research, artifact conservation, archaeological survey, and underwater excavation and documentation of historic shipwrecks.

On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes; as well as archival research

Will there be additional organized activities?

Occasional excursions to the Bermuda National Archives; attendance at Bermuda's National Holiday celebration of Cup Match

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, on occasion

Is travel restriced during free time?


Other resources students will find useful

Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Dr. James M. Allan Department of Anthropology PO Box 4613 Saint Mary's College of California 1928 Saint Mary's Road Moraga, CA 94575

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