Saturday, May 2, 2009

Nautical Archaeology Course - Day One

The long-awaited Nautical Archaeology Course began today. Twenty one students benefited from superbly coordinated and delivered instruction from the Parks Canada team drawn from their Underwater Archaeology Service. The morning concentrated on survey techniques and the background to the whole discipline. An excellent exercise using real artifacts and challenging the students deductive skills began. It will run throughout the course in stages, with each introducing more information until firm conclusions about the origins of the various objects and the vessel to which they relate can be drawn.

The afternoon provided the challenge of working survey skills in an outdoor environment and the evening brought the realities of testing those same skills underwater. Altogether, the day was a great success and pleased the students, who had come from as far afield as Toronto and Montreal to attend the session...

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