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NAS Part 3: Advanced Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology

The NAS Part 3 Certificate aims to build a competent fieldworker through courses in a wide variety of theory and practical skills.

Whether you are interested in maritime archaeology, maritime history or just in finding out a little bit more about our maritime heritage, if you are a diver or not, there is a course for you within the training programme. For most of the courses no prior learning is required. However in order to gain credits towards the Part III Certificate you will need to attend the NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology.

Courses are taught by specialists in their field, who are able to provide expert advice and training, from building a basket boat or making flint tools to understanding more about ship construction to how to manage archaeological projects

If there is a particular topic you would like to learn more about, or feel that you would able to teach a Part 3 course in your own specialist area then please contact the NAS Office in order to discuss this further.

For more information on Part 3 Courses running this year, including course timetables and aims, please visit the calendar pages of our website.Part III

The Part 3 syllabus is divided into eight different modules providing a variety of topics and courses to suit all interests. The eight modules and some example courses are listed below:

  •     Research and Information Technology - Computer Aided Design, GIS Programs, Social History of Ships, Numismatics, Documentary Research and DVD Authoring
  •     Archaeological Science - Dendrochronology, Environmental Archaeology, Osteoarchaeology and Zooarchaeology
  •     Survey - Archaeological Search Methods, Geophysics, Position Fixing, Advanced Diving
  •     Excavation - Underwater Excavation Methods
  •     Recording - Archaeological Illustration, Photography, Timber Recording, Metal Wreck Recording
  •     Conservation - Finds Handling, Finds Display and Curation, Conservation for Marine Finds
  •     Ancient Technology - Ancient Tool Making, Flint Knapping, Curragh Building, Rope and Cordage
  •     Managing Archaeology - Managing Archaeological Projects, Achieving Publication, Environmental Impact Assesment, Popular Publications for Archaeology

NAS Part 3 Survey Points are also awarded for the BSAC Wreck Appreciation Course and on some of our international trips.

NAS Part III Assessment:
In order to gain a Part 3 Certificate, participants will need to attend courses in six of the eight modules and accumulate 100 credit points. Credit points are awarded for each course, depending on the duration of the course and the depth of knowledge covered courses will be awarded 6, 8 or 12 credit points.CIFA Logo
A minimum of 8 points must be obtained for each one of the 6 core modules chosen.
Participants can begin working towards their Part 3 Certificate following the completion of the NAS Introduction Course, however the Certificate will only be awarded after the succesful completion of the NAS Part 1 and Part 2 Certificates.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists endorsement:

Some of the NAS Part 3 courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and can count as part of your continual professional development. Please check the individual course information for more details, or visit the CIfA's website for more information and their recommendations regarding professional development.