Each year, The Shipwreck Survey organizes multiple underwater archaeological field schools and expeditions in exotic locations around the world. For learning underwater archaeology on fascinating sites both types of trips offer exciting hands-on opportunities.
Field schools are held at locations where large-scale investigations of underwater archaeological sites are carried out. During these programs, participants are fully immersed in the archaeological process from start to finish for several weeks, during which they learn a wide variety of skills. Archaeology field schools are a mix of presentations, workshops, underwater research, data processing, artifact conservation, and dissemination of results. Participants will learn all the basics of underwater archaeological investigation, such as surveying techniques, setting up baselines, site reporting, underwater drawing, underwater photography and photogrammetry (3D modeling), and artifact recovery. Field schools are great programs for anyone interested in a career in underwater archaeology, or enthusiasts who would like to be completely immersed in maritime history.
Archaeology expeditions are slightly different programs. These are usually shorter trips focused on the exploration of remote shipwreck sites in off the beaten path locations. The focus of these trips is usually shipwreck discovery and basic documentation using underwater photography and photogrammetry. We tend to visit many different sites during an expedition. As these are true adventures, living and working conditions might be a bit more basic than during our field schools. Archaeology expeditions are suited to both enthusiasts and students who are looking for a unique experience in underwater archaeology.