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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Caribbean - Dominican Republic - ADMAT - Survey work to locate

Caribbean - Dominican Republic - ADMAT - Survey work to locate

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-03-03
End Date 2016-12-17

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Please see ADMAT's Web pages for further dates on when you can join the Team.

Archaeology Field School Location

ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Centre Monte Cristi, on the north cost of the Dominican Republic. The wreck site itself is located in Monte Cristi Bay.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE with Museum National dHistoire Naturelle at Paris, dpartememt Prhistoire, UMR-CNRS 7194

Academic Credit

ADMAT Certification is given Underwater Survey Diver, or Proton Magnetometer Diver course certificate., NAS credits are also given via NAS Toronto SOS Canada, once you are a member. PADI SDC's are also given at cost.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Full tuition is given and no previous experience is required. The Field School is available as a diving and non-diving course and will be open to all students or volunteers over 18 years of age. The diving section will require a minimum qualification of PADI Open Water/BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent. The artefact handling courses are designed for divers and non-divers alike. This is a hands-on course going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from The Tile Wreck.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Provided and included in the price. Room and board is at base the ADMAT Maritime Archaeological Centre in Monte Cristi, situated on Monte Cristi Bay very close to the beach. Food is self-service continental breakfast in the kitchen of the ADMAT centre, sandwich & snacks on the boats for lunch, and a cooked evening meal at the ADMAT centre. Drinking water, Tang and coffee/tea is also included in the price. There is a washing machine for communal use. No landline, communication is via mobile phones and one mobile internet card, so internet access is available but limited. Visit the website for further information, papers and publications, and details of previous field school projects.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

See website for full cost details

Archaeology Field School Description

ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running a new Maritime Archaeological Project during 2016 to locate a new shipwreck which we believe was sunk in the mid 1750's in Monte Cristi. The work is being carried out for the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) the Government department. This project will instruct students survey techniques as well as documentation of artefacts. This is open for all students or volunteers over 18 years of age, with a minimum qualification of PADI Advanced Open Water / BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent. The project language is English. Two week slots available. Full information about these projects can be found on ADMAT's website. This is a hands on course, surveying using geophysical equipment as well as going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from the 1720's Tile Wreck. For further information on this and other projects, please look at ADMAT's website where there are over 6,000 photographs and 158 pages of information on our past projects.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Underwater, Maritime.

Time Period


Field School Setting/Conditions

The field school takes place by the small historic town of Monte Cristi. The base (the ADMAT MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTRE) is located just out of town close to the beach and with salt pans in the backyard. It consists of an accommodation building and behind that outdoor tanks and a large indoor tank room with wet lab. Diving Equipment: Diving tanks, air, and block led weight will be provided. All other personal diving equipment must be brought to the field school by each diver. Please see ADMAT website for list of required equipment.

How is the project area accessed each day

Lab based artefact recording is taught at base. Getting to the wreck site itself from base is quick, a few minutes by car and then approx. 25 min by boat out into Monte Cristi Bay.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Two weeks full time.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Since 2003
Is there a professional certification for this field school

ADMAT & NAS Canada

Directors and Instructors

Dr Simon Q Spooner BSc MRICS MCIfA (Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE). Sq Ldr. Jeremy Schomberg; Dr Francois Gendron John Downing & Raimund Krob. (Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

*Manual Mapping/Drawing of site and shipwreck *Digital photography of ships construction and artefacts underwater, and of artefacts in lab. *Excavation using water dredge *Ships Construction *Use of Metal Detector *Use of Underwater Gradiometer * Use of Side Scan Sonar *Basic use of Magnetometer *Artefact Recording *Introduction to Site recording using the Site Recorder computer program.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes Visits to other wreck sites, subject to weather

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes there is a full lecture program

Is travel restriced during free time?

Yes. This is a hands-on course going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from The Tile Wreck, as well as on site. Therefore the time is fully occupied.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

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