Field School in Maritime Archaeology

St. Mary's College of California's

Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology: Bermuda

Principal Faculty: Dr. James M. Allan
St. Mary's College
Dates: July 19 - August 8, 2010 

Open to U.C. Students by Petition

Fulfills Field Methods Requirement for Anthropology Majors

For information and application contact:

James M. Allan
Dept of Anthropology
St. Mary's College


The Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology is a joint research expedition conducted in Bermuda by faculty and students of Saint Mary's College of California and the University of Rhode Island.  The field school is a research-based learning experience that will expose students to a variety of activities including archival research, artifact conservation, remote sensing survey, and underwater documentation of historic shipwrecks.

The field school will be conducted in the three week period from July 19 - Aug 8, 2010. Classroom work related to maritime history and maritime archaeological field methods will comprise week one. Underwater research and documentation of 16th and 17th century shipwrecks will be conducted in Bermuda during the remaining two weeks. Students will receive 3 units of upper division anthropology credit.

Course enrollment will be limited to 12 students.

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 Archives, located in the nearby city of Hamilton.  In addition, 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.  Cost of the field school is approximately $3,800 (not including airfare).