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									           Saint Mary's College                                requirement for anthropology majors or minors with an          Journals will be submitted for evaluation at the end of the
       Summer Field School in Maritime                         archaeology focus, or may be counted as an upper               field school. In addition, students will attend periodic
               Archaeology                                     division anthropology elective. Doctor James M. Allan          lectures on such topics as archival research methods,
                                                               of the Anthropology/Sociology Department is the                archaeological survey (magnetometer and visual survey),
                                                               program director. Dr. Allan has extensive experience in        site excavation and mapping, analysis of archaeological
The 2009 Field School in Maritime Archaeology is a
                                                               underwater archaeological field methods, archival              data, conservation of waterlogged artifacts, etc.
joint, ongoing research expedition conducted in Bermuda
                                                               research, and scientific diving.
by faculty and students of Saint Mary's College, the
University of Rhode Island, East Carolina University, and                                                                     Location
                                                               Course enrollment
the staff of the Bermuda Maritime Museum. The field
                                                               will be limited to 8                                           Participants will be staying at the Bermuda Maritime
school is a research-based learning experience that
                                                               students and will                                              Museum located inside the Keep at the old Royal Naval
exposes students to a variety of activities including
                                                               initially be open                                              Dockyard near the town of Somerset at the west end of
archival research, remote sensing survey, target
                                                               only to anthropology                                           Bermuda. The Keep was the citadel or great fortress of
identification, and underwater documentation of historic
                                                               majors with a focus                                            the Dockyard defenses. It is a six-acre fort, with seven
shipwrecks.
                                                               in archaeology.                                                irregular bastions, named ‘A’ to ‘G’, designed to protect
                                                                                                                              the Dockyard from enemy attack. The lower grounds of
The field school will be conducted from July 23 – August
                                                               There are no academic prerequisites, but all participants      the Keep contain large Sea Service stores, which in
12, 2009. Advanced scuba training, leading to the
                                                               in the field school must obtain both scuba and AAUS            1857 comprised two bombproof magazines for 6,540
American Academy of Underwater Sciences’ (AAUS)
                                                               certification prior to the beginning of the field school and   barrels of powder, a shell store, a filling room and a
Scientific Diver certification, and classroom work related
                                                               must provide their own diving equipment (no tanks              shifting house. Lighters, or small boats, were dispatched
to maritime history and maritime archaeological field
                                                               required). The Anthropology Department will offer a            from the Keep Pond (currently home to a pod of
                                          methods       will
                                                               scuba training class that incorporates AAUS requirements       dolphins) to serve the fleet at anchor in Grassy Bay.
                                          comprise week
                                                               during the spring semester. See Professor Allan if you         Lighters would provide ships with munitions from the
                                          one.      Remote
                                                               are interested in enrolling in this .25 credit activity        Keep stores, or safely remove munitions from ships
                                          sensing surveys,
                                                               course.                                                        under repair in the Dockyard. When the British left the
                                            ground-truthing,
                                                                                                                              Dockyard in 1951, the six-acre Keep and
                                          and underwater
                                                               While in Bermuda, students will participate in several         Commissioner’s House were left to decay until 1974
                                          research      and
                                                               different research modules: archaeological remote sensing      when the Bermuda Maritime Museum took
                                          documentation of
                                                               surveys (possibly using side scan sonar and                    responsibility for the historic buildings and grounds.
                                          several historic
                                                               magnetometers); investigation of targets identified in         One of the buildings on the grounds has been renovated
shipwrecks will be conducted in Bermuda during the
                                                               remote      sensing     data     (ground-truthing);     and    to provide a hostel for use by visiting scholars and
remaining weeks.
                                                               documentation of historic shipwrecks. Students will be         students.
                                                               required to keep a field journal containing details of each
Students will receive a full-course upper division
                                                               day’s research activities, instruction, and procedures.
anthropology credit. The field school meets the fieldwork
The island of Bermuda is currently a self-governing           kitchen and laundry facilities, which will be utilized by a
territory of the United Kingdom located approximately         rota of staff and student "volunteers" who will be
400 miles east of North Carolina. From the first quarter      responsible for cooking the evening meal and cleaning
of the 16th century, Bermuda became a landmark for            up.
Spanish ships sailing back to Spain from the New
World. Over 350 wreck-sites have been identified              Dive Equipment and Boats
around the island’s reefs. Because of the many wrecks,
Bermuda has been a magnet for wreck divers and                The field school anticipates utilization of two dive boats
“collectors” whose activities have both disturbed and         for transportation to and from the dive sites and for
removed cultural artifacts from the sites. In 2001, the
Bermuda’s government passed The Historic Wrecks Act
                                                              remote sensing surveys. The staff will also arrange for
                                                              dive tanks, weights, and air. Students must provide all       Saint Mary’s College
which creates two classifications of sites – open and         other dive equipment, including adequate thermal                   of California
restricted. Restricted sites can be explored only under       protection, in the form of properly fitting wet suits,
government license. The Act applies substantial fines         hoods, and gloves. Equipment used must be pre-approved
and prison terms for those found in violation. Field          by the Saint Mary’s College Dive Safety Officer.
school participants will be diving under government
license.                                                      Environs

Travel                                                        The Bermuda Maritime Museum is located at the west
                                                              end of Bermuda on Somerset Island. There are shops,
Participants in the field school will make their own          restaurants and groceries available in the Dockyards
arrangements for air travel from California to Bermuda        Market area which is within walking distance of the
and back. We will coordinate departure dates and times to     hostel. Visiting other towns in Bermuda, such as
the extent possible, but it is imperative that all students   Hamilton, requires a trip by Ferry or taxi, The Ferry
arrive in Bermuda by the first day of field work.             serves numerous locations on the island on a regular
Transportation for participants from the airport to the       schedule.
museum grounds will be by taxi.
                                                                            Application Procedures
Living Accommodations                                                                                                       Summer Field School In
                                                              Please contact Professor James Allan at (925) 899-5001
During the field session, participants will stay in the       or (925) 253-9070 or e-mail jallan@stmarys-ca.edu for          Maritime Archaeology
BMM hostel. The hostel is located near the                    an application form or more information.
Commissioner’s House and next to the Artifact
Conservation Laboratory within the Keep. The hostel has
  Bermuda Maritime
  Museum, Bermuda

July 23 – August 12, 2009

								
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