ARCH8159 Maritime Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum

Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction
(15-19 April 2019)

This topic provides students with the theoretical and practical training necessary for researching ships and ship construction. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of recording, representing and interpreting ship construction. Students should expect to learn nautical terminology, the basic components of a ship and activities aboard, principles of ship construction and rigging, procedures for taking and drafting ship lines and construction plans, hull analysis, procedures for graphic representation of hulls and principles of reconstructing ships.  This topic is challenging, demanding and hands-on; students are expected to participate fully in problem-solving exercises.

This topic will be taught in the intensive mode (one week) and SCUBA diving qualifications are not required for participation.

Prior to the week of the intensive students will be expected to read several key articles, chapters, and books. These readings are compulsory. Most of the material in the topic will be relatively new to many of you, so your attention to the readings and assiduous questioning and analysis of them will help you succeed in this topic. Ship construction has its own language and terminology – for some of you it will feel as if you are learning a new language. Therefore, your readings will be challenging as there are many terms that you will be unfamiliar with and will need to look up. Give yourself time to do this. There will be NO time for reading once the topic begins as this topic runs for eight hours a day and any after-hours time will be spent in the lab working on projects which will be due at the end of the topic. Each day students will be expected to attend seminars, lectures, and labs. Participation in all days is vital as the topic builds on each day. Attendance is mandatory, unless a university excused absence is documented. The seminars, lectures and labs will be organised by Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde, lecturer in maritime archaeology at Flinders University, and guest lecturers such Mark Polzer, Research Associate at Flinders University and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University. 

Getting credit for a short course
Flinders University Students receive 4.5 units of credit towards their degree.

Overseas Participants receive a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to the completion of the Flinders University topic ARCH8158, a 4.5-unit topic. Participants should be able to use this to negotiate their own credit transfer with their home institution.

Non-Flinders University Australian Students also receive a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to the completion of the Flinders University topic, ARCH8158. You should be able to receive credit at your home institution equivalent to the value of a 4.5-unit Flinders University postgraduate topic. If you wish to have this unit of study credited to your home university degree, you should check that the Certificate of Achievement will suffice for the purpose, as we are unable to issue an academic transcript.


Mark Polzer drawing a hull plank from the Pabuc Burnu ship. Photographer: Volkan Kaya.
Mark Polzer drawing a hull plank from the Pabuc Burnu ship. Photographer: Volkan Kaya.


There are different costs associated with this course depending on your enrolment:

Flinders University Students
Flinders students should enrol in the Ship Reconstruction topic ARCH8158 through the normal enrolment process. Please note a quota will apply to this topic which will require you to contact the Topic Coordinator prior to enrolment.

The normal 4.5-unit topic fee for archaeology (students may choose to defer payment via HECS) will apply. Enrolled international students are liable for normal international tuition fees.

Overseas Participants (international short course participants)
AU$3,350 tuition fee (inclusive of GST)

Non-Flinders University Australian Students (domestic short course participants)
AU$2,133 postgraduate topic fee (inclusive of GST).

To enrol in this short course click here

Paying your topic
Please pay the Ship Construction topic costs by forwarding an international money order made out to “Flinders University”. If in Australia, you may forward a cheque from an Australian bank or money order. Cheques and money orders should be forwarded to Wendy van Duivenvoorde. 

To pay by credit card for this field school please click the following link Pay now by Credit card

Cancellation and Refund policy
A refund for field school payments will only be granted if the cancellation of attendance is received via email to 14 days prior to the field school.  There will be no refunds after this date unless accompanied by a medical certificate.
We endeavour to ensure that all information on the field school website and printed material is accurate.
However changes may occur without notice and the topic coordinators and field school organisers accept no responsibility for losses incurred by attendees.

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Associate Professor in Maritime Archaeology, Flinders University
Mark Polzer, Research Associate at Flinders University/Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University
Kurt Bennett, PhD Candidate at Flinders University