The CNMI Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is planning the creation of a responsible stewardship organization with the local dive community through developing links with universities to offer public training courses. Flinders University, Ships of Discovery and the CNMI HPO recognize that there is a large citizen group including dive clubs, dive shops and non-divers that supports the development of an underwater heritage trail and is eager to participate in its creation. Local dive clubs are very active and often reports new finds to the HPO regularly. Getting them involved in preserving submerged cultural heritage is key to its survival.

 

July 2009 Methods in Underwater Archaeology training group.
July 2009 Methods in Underwater Archaeology training group.
 

 

Methods in Underwater Archaeology Training Course


The Methods in Underwater Archaeology Training Course run by Flinders University will be offered several times over the 2009-2010 period. It provides participants with an introduction and practical training in archaeology underwater. Participants developed an in-depth knowledge of the basics of underwater archaeological techniques including the underwater environment, specialised equipment, search and survey, site formation processes, recording, and excavation.  Participants learned the basic methods in identifying and recording underwater archaeological sites as well as the latest advances in underwater technologies.

The course structure includes lectures and tutorials with a practical field trip. You do not need to be a SCUBA diver to participate in the training. 

To register your interest, please contact: Dr. Jennifer McKinnon

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Training in archaeological illustration.
Training in archaeological illustration.

   

David Benevente taking baseline offset measurement during practical training dive.
David Benevente taking baseline offset measurement during practical training dive.