NAS Part III – Archaeological Search Methods
Survey & Recording module
This course will provide an insight into the practical application of diver search methods, position fixing and seabed mapping techniques within archaeological field projects. The course is aimed at divers, individuals undertaking the NAS Training program, as well as professional archaeologists wanting to increase their practical skills in underwater diver search methods and position fixing.
Course outline:
  • Introduction to diver search methodology including the logistics and health and safety implications of each method
  • Introduction to the position fixing of search patterns and seabed mapping of artifact distributions
  • Completion of dry practical exercises including position fixing using GPS or EDM
  • Participation in several team exercises carrying out underwater diver searches, including circular and jackstay searches
  • Creation of an area site plan mapping out search patterns and the distribution of artifacts on the seabed
Teaching Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course participants will have been introduced to the application of diver seabed search methodology and position fixing within archaeology. The logistical and health and safety implications of each method will have been introduced through classroom and practical diving sessions. Through practical drawing sessions participants will also have been introduced to the drawing of seabed search patterns and seabed mapping plans.
Cost and Credits:
A maximum of 8 credit points will be available in the Survey & Recording module. The cost for the course is $200. It is recommended that students bring their own personal computer for use during the course. 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:
Archaeology Underwater, The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice. A Bowens (ed). 2008. Blackwell, London
Maritime Archaeology, A Technical Handbook 2nd ed. J. Green. 2004. Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego
Surveying in Underwater Archaeology, Throckmorton, P. 1969. London
Course Instructor: Dr. Mark W. Holley