Testing the Waters: Results of First Maritime Archaeology Field School in Massachusetts

Author(s): Laurel Seaborn; Calvin Mires

Year: 2016


Through hands-on experiences on the North Shore of Massachusetts, college students and adults learned the basics in maritime archaeology during a field school program in the summer of 2015. Led by SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Programs), the field school examined the "life-cycle" of a vessel, from its inception to its "after life" by exploring a working traditional shipyard, examining a floating tall ship and mapping shipwrecks on the foreshore. This unique program, in cooperation with organizations including NPS, MBUAR, and PAST Foundation, provides students with accreditation through Salem State University and NAS. This paper presents the results of the first year of this ongoing program, outlines the upcoming expansion into teacher professional development and elementary student projects, and evaluates the program as a potential model for all New England.

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Testing the Waters: Results of First Maritime Archaeology Field School in Massachusetts. Laurel Seaborn, Calvin Mires. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434780)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 787