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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Atlantic Ocean - Bermuda - Field School in Maritime Archaeology - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2013-07-15
End Date 2013-08-08

Multiple Sessions No

Archaeology Field School Location

National Museum of Bermuda
(Bermuda Maritime Museum)
1 The Keep
Sandys MA 01

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


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$3,000 - $4,000 (estimated)

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
Airfare not included
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Field school tuition and fee covers all expenses (except airfare): academic credit, food, lodging, boats, fuel, air fills, air tanks, dive weights,ground transportation

Archaeology Field School Description

The field school will be conducted in the three-week period from July 15 to August 8, 2013. Advanced scuba training, leading to the American Academy of Underwater Sciencesí (AAUS) Scientific 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. The field school meets the fieldwork requirement for anthropology majors or minors with an archaeology focus, or may be counted as an upper division anthropology elective. Professor James M. Allan of the SMC Anthropology Department and Professor Roderick Mather of the University of Rhode Island History Department are the program directors. Dr. Allan and Dr. Mather have extensive experience in underwater archaeological field methods, remote sensing, 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 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 U.S. to Bermuda and back. All other expenses related to the field school are included in the course tuition and fee. To enter Bermuda, visitors from the United States must present a US Passport.

US dollars can be used in Bermuda. For those wishing to convert money, there is a one-to-one exchange rate.

Ground transportation from the Bermuda airport to the Museum and back are 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

18ty and 19th centuries

Field School Setting/Conditions

The Bermuda Maritime Museum is a component of the National Museum of Bermuda. The Maritime Museum, which hosts the field school, is located on Ireland Island, Bermuda. Bermuda is an island about 20 miles long located in the Atlantic Ocean, 650 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The island was visited by Spanish mariners during the 16th century but was not settled until the 17th century, when English colonists started to migrate to the New World. For hundreds of years Bermuda was a navigational waypoint linking the Old World with the New. Today, the islandís economy is based on offshore banking and tourism, an industry enhanced by the warm clear waters and extensive reef system that surround the island.

How is the project area accessed each day

The museum will provide 20 ft. and 24 ft. dive boats for transportation to and from the dive sites and to act as the working dive platforms. 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

8-5, seven days per week, with occasional days off

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Dr. James M. Allan, St. Mary's College of CA
Dr. Roderick Mather, University of Rhode Island
Dr. Stephen Smith, Dive Safety Officer, St. Mary's College of CA
Ms. Anya Watson, Dive Safety Officer, University of Rhode Island

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Archaeological Survey, underwater excavation and documentation, conservation of archaeological materials, archival research, report writing.

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Other resources students will find useful

Contact instructors and Dive Safety Officers for additional information

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Contact Information

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

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