NAS Part III Underwater Archaeological Surveying
Survey and Recording module
Underwater Surveying – This one day course will look at different methods that can be used to survey an underwater 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 dry and underwater 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 underwater surveying methods
  • Collecting measurements
  • Processing and drawing up
  • Setting up a total station
  • Operating a total station practice
  • Practical underwater survey exercises
Teaching Outcomes:
This course will reintroduce participants to the various methods and techniques that can be used to survey an underwater site. This course has a significant practical component that provides participants with the opportunity to practice using a total station to survey underwater archaeological sites. A dry-land exercise will also be available for non-divers. 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