Courses

NAS licensees at ECU and CSI are able to coordinate NAS courses and activities from introductory to Part IV levels within the state of North Carolina.  Periodically, the NAS program coordinators may also be asked to collaborate on courses outside of North Carolina (such as with our NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary partners in Virginia), or may request to teach overseas (such as with our partnership with Centro de buceo Embajadores y embajadoras del mar in Costa Rica).  All activities occur with the permission of the Nautical Archaeology Training Initiative in the United Kingdom.

Courses are coordinated two ways:

  1. Instructors coordinate and advertise a course; or,
  2. Organizations may approach the NAS licensees for a course according to an agreed upon schedule.

All courses are subject to cancellation if a minimum of people per class is not met.


Course Outlines & Timetables:

NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology course
Duration: 1-2 days*
Cost: $100-140/person (depending on location and access to pools and lecture halls)

  1. Introduction to NAS training
  2. What is archaeology?
  3. Site types
  4. Archaeological dating methods
  5. Underwater finds — what to do
  6. Two-dimensional survey — principles and techniques
  7. Dry recording exercises
  8. Pool session
  9. Drafting exercises
  10. What is next in NAS?

* May be a diving or non-diving course.


NAS Part I Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology course
Duration: 2 days
Cost: TBD (costs depend on location and access to project site)

  1. Case study — Carrying out an archaeological project
  2. Participant project planning workshop
  3. Area search and survey methods — locating and exploring a site
  4. Project safety and logistics — working on a site
  5. Practical: Getting to know the site
  6. Introduction to three-dimensional survey — surveying a site
  7. Dealing with finds — artifacts from a site
  8. Practical: Recording a site
  9. Post-fieldwork activity — understanding and publishing a site

NAS Part II Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology course Duration: Varies — based on independent work.
Cost: Dependent upon conference registration costs, and project costs.

  1. Two-day conference or heritage day attendance (must clear with NAS tutor you intend to sign)
  2. Survey project report (in conjunction with NAS tutor)

NAS Part III Advanced Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology courses
Duration: Based on 6, 8, or 12 point modules varies
Cost: $60-200/person (depending on course costs with fieldwork-focused courses costing more)
Courses may be diving or non-diving
Examples below based on courses offered to date in North Carolina*

A. Archaeological photography (1-day, 6 credits)

  1. Introduction
  2. History of archaeological photography
  3. Photographic equipment
  4. Basic principles and practice
  5. Photographic composition for archaeology
  6. Critique and discussion
  7. Practical procedures (for study subjects)
  8. Practical session
  9. Turning photos into illustrations

B. Archaeological illustration (1-day, 6 credits)

  1. Introduction
  2. Antiquity depicted
  3. Materials
  4. Techniques
  5. Conventions
  6. Critique and discussion
  7. Practical procedures (for study subjects)
  8. Practical session

C. Anchor recording (1-day, 6 credits)

  1. Introduction
  2. History of anchors
  3. Anchor anatomy
  4. Researching anchors
  5. Recording anchors
  6. Practical procedures (for study subjects)
  7. Practical session

D. Introduction to position fixing (1-day, 6 credits)

  1. Introduction
  2. Why position fix?
  3. Transits and Sextants
  4. Theodolites and Total Stations
  5. Topcon GTS-220 exercise
  6. GPS and its antecedents
  7. Rino GPS 655t exercise
  8. Data management

E. Introduction to metal detection (1-day, 6 credits)

  1. Introductions
  2. A short history of metal detection
  3. Metal detector case studies
  4. Metal detectors
  5. Basic principles and practice
  6. Data management

F. Introduction to photogrammetry (1-day, 6 credits)


Part IV

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