NAS Part III Remotely Operated Vehicles (Piloting Skills) for Archaeology
Recording module
This is a one day course expands the knowledge base developed in the ROV Building course and 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 trip to a shipwreck to observe an ROV in operation and practice piloting skills. 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:
  • Rov History and Evolution
  • Rov Design and function
  • Rov Components
  • Navigation and Situational awareness
  • Scientific and Archaeological Investigations
  • Preparing for Under Water Operations
  • Post Dive processing
  • ROV Maintenance and Servicing
Teaching Outcomes:
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 observe firsthand using an ROV to explore and survey an underwater archaeological site. 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 7 credit points will be available in the Recording module. The cost for the course is $200 which includes an afternoon on exploring a local shipwreck . 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.
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 Gleason