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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Australia - Maritime Archaeology Field School - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2015-02-01
End Date 2015-02-15

Archaeology Field School Location

Phillip Island
Victoria, Australia

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Students and staff will be staying at the Anchorage Caravan Park near Ventnor on Phillip Island.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

AU$3000 tuition fee (inclusive of GST)plus
AU$750 fee for the field school. This fee covers the cost of local transportation, accommodation, and a few other student related expense

Archaeology Field School Description

The Maritime Archaeology Field School provides students with an introduction to the techniques of underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording, excavation and conservation. Some lectures and videos will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. The Field School will include practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars. Avocational and volunteer archaeologists are encouraged to apply.

Non-diving students enrolled in the 2015 field school will survey the remains of the steel ship Speke and record its construction details. This large, three-masted steel ship capsized on the southwest side of Phillip Island, where its bow is still a prominent feature on the beach.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


What is the daily schedule for the field school

Saturday 31 January: Day off, prepare for departure

Sunday 1 February: Transportation from Adelaide to Phillip Island, Victoria, unpack vehicles and set up house.

Monday 2 February–Friday 13 February:

Students will be organized into teams of four members and each team will be assigned team supervisors.
Each day divers will work on a number of maritime sites where they will undertake pre-disturbance survey and geophysical survey, both underwater and in the intertidal zone. All work will be weather dependent.
Each evening the weather and activities will be assessed and your group will be assigned a site/project to work on the following day. This requires a great deal of flexibility on your part, as weather and personnel often demand changes in schedules.
Each evening there will be a thirty minute debriefing session during which we discuss the activities of the day and the planned activities for the following day. This will be an opportunity to discuss any issues with teams, diving, safety, and equipment. These sessions are mandatory.
Every other evening we will have a thirty minute lecture by archaeologists, graduate students, local historians, and biologists. These lectures are mandatory and will enhance your field school experience. Evenings should be spent working on reports and projects which will be due at 5pm, 13 February.

Saturday 14 February: Travel from Phillip Island, Victoria, to Adelaide, South Australia, and unpack equipment.

Directors and Instructors

Dr.Jonathan Benjamin
Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology
Flinders University

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

•develop the field skills associated with the practice of underwater archaeology;
•improve understanding of the methodological approaches to archaeology underwater;
•increase knowledge and understanding of the history and practice of maritime archaeology;
•appreciate the place and role of maritime archaeology in the interpretation of maritime subcultures and culture in the wider context

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Field School Contact Information

Dr Jonathan Benjamin
School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia
Phone: +61 8 82015875

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