Survey and Recording module
This half day course will look at advanced methods that can be used to survey an archaeological site. Specific focus will be given to improving the skill set required to use a total station in the field. The course will combine theory sessions with land-based practical tasks. 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.
Course outline:
  • Review of advanced surveying methods
  • Collecting measurements
  • Processing and drawing up
  • Setting up a total station
  • Operating a total station practice
  • Practical surveying exercises

Teaching Outcomes:
This course will reinforce the various methods and techniques that can be used to survey an archaeological site. This course has a significant practical component that provides participants with the opportunity to practice using a total station to survey archaeological sites. Upon completion of the course participants should be able to setup, operate and collect data with a total station.

Cost and Credits:
A maximum of 7 credit points will be available in the Survey and Recording module. The cost for the course is $150. Part III courses are open to everyone; however credit points will only be awarded to those who have completed the NAS Part I Course.

Suggested Reading:

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 W. Holley