NAS Part III Building Remotely Operated Vehicles
Archaeological Science module
This is a one day course will examine the history, development, and methodology used to survey an underwater archaeological site with a remotely operated vehicle. Specific focus will be given to the evolution of ROV systems, individual components, the array of acoustic sensors and the positioning systems required to use an ROV in the field. The course will combine a morning theory session with an afternoon practical where participants build a fully functional ROV. The course is aimed at divers, individuals undertaking the NAS Training program, as well as professional archaeologists wanting to expand their knowledge of archaeological survey techniques. You do not need any prior experience with robotics or electronics.
• Rov History and Evolution
• Rov Design and function
• Rov Components
• Navigation and Situational awareness
• Build an ROV
• Operate an ROV
• ROV Maintenance and Servicing
This course will reintroduce participants to the methodology used to survey an underwater archaeological site with a remotely operated vehicle. This course has a significant practical component that provides participants with the opportunity to design, build and operate an ROV. Upon completion of the course participants should have a more complete understanding of ROV construction and how they are used in the field.
Cost and Credits:
A maximum of 6 credit points will be available in the Archaeological Science module. The cost for the course is $180 which includes building and testing an ROV. Part III courses are open to everyone; however credit points will only be awarded to those who have completed the NAS Part I and Part II Courses.
Bowens, Amanda et al (2009): Archaeology Underwater, The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice, Nautical Archaeology Society, Fort Cumberland.
Maritime Archaeology, A Technical Handbook 2nd ed. J. Green. 2004. Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego
Surveying in Underwater Archaeology, Throckmorton, P. 1969. London
Bannister A, S Raymond, & R Baker, Surveying, (7th ed), Prentice Hall Hogg, A H A, Surveying for Archaeologists and other fieldworkers, Croom Helm, London.
Course Instructor: Dr. Mark Gleason