NEW for 2021

Complete this combined theory course and the practical Skills Days to achieve your NAS Foundation Qualification.

You can choose to combine the Discover Maritime Archaeology with the Discover Underwater Archaeology course or you can combine the Discover Maritime Archaeology course with the Coastal and Foreshore Archaeology course.

You just need to decide what combination of courses interests you. Are you a diver or just happy to get your Wellington boots muddy?

No prior knowledge is required. This course is hosted on our Moodle Learning Management System.

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Cost: £85.00

Special Offer: The combined course fee includes one year's NAS membership worth £28.00.

Limited offer: Receive a £20 voucher to use off your next learning event with us including the practical Skills Days.

At the end of the course if you are enthusiastic to learn more, you should purchase a qualification logbook from the NAS website shop to keep track of all your learning.

Book on your eLearning journey on our dedicated eLearning Moodle site here

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COURSE SYLLABUS

Discover Maritime Archaeology

Module 1: Introduction to maritime archaeology - Introducing the discipline of maritime archaeology and some of the differences between maritime and land archaeology. In this module we will learn to define key terms in maritime archaeology such as site, artefact and context, describe the differences in preservation that are likely to be found between wet and dry sites and understand the rich history of maritime archaeology and how it has changed over the centuries.

Module 2: Site Types - Find out about the many different types of sites that are studied by maritime archaeologists.  Maritime archaeology is not just the study of shipwrecks and is not always underwater.

Module 3: Artefact Investigation - In this module you will get to look at three artefacts and investigate their meaning. 

Module 4: Archaeological Dating Methods - During this module you will be introduced to the concept of relative and absolute dating, and you will learn about five dating techniques commonly used by archaeologists. 

Module 5: Legislation - In this module you will learn about the legislation that is in place to protect our heritage that is underwater, on the foreshore and on land. You will learn how this applies to you visiting or investigating historic sites.

Module 6: Recording & Monitoring - During this module you will be introduced to some basic methods to record an archaeological site and how you can use these to monitor a site over time.

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COURSE SYLLABUS

Discover Underwater Archaeology

Module 1: Research & Pre-Fieldwork - This module aims to introduce you to both the research and pre-fieldwork that needs to be thought about before heading out to site.

Module 2: Health & Safety - In this module we will look at how to make sure you and your team safe on site.  

Module 3: Geophysics -This module will introduce you to the many different geophysical survey techniques used during the fieldwork phase of a project. It will also help you understand how you conduct work on site and the results that different methods will produce.

Module 4: Fieldwork -This module will introduce you to the different techniques used during the fieldwork phase of a project and will help you understand how you conduct work on site and the result your methods will produce.

Module 5: Survival Conditions - This module will introduce you to different techniques used during the fieldwork phase of a project and will help you understand how to best preserve artefacts.

Module 6: Post-fieldwork - During this module you will be introduced to the work required after fieldwork has been undertaken and how to deal with finds.

Module 7: Archiving and Dissemination - In this module we will look at the importance of safely archiving your data as well as the wide variety of methods for telling the world about your work.

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COURSE SYLLABUS

Coastal and Foreshore Archaeology

Module 1: Research & Pre-Fieldwork - This module aims to introduce you to both the research and pre-fieldwork that needs to be thought about before heading out to site.

Module 2: Health & Safety - In this module we will look at how to make sure you and your team safe on site.  

Module 3: Geophysics - This module will introduce you to the many different geophysical survey techniques used during the fieldwork phase of a project. It will also help you understand how you conduct work on site and the results that different methods will produce.

Module 4: Fieldwork - This module will introduce you to the different techniques used during the fieldwork phase of a project and will help you understand how you conduct work on site and the result your methods will produce.

Module 5: Survival Conditions - This module will introduce you to different techniques used during the fieldwork phase of a project and will help you understand how to best preserve artefacts.

Module 6: Post-fieldwork - During this module you will be introduced to the work required after fieldwork has been undertaken and how to deal with finds.

Module 7: Archiving and Dissemination - In this module we will look at the importance of safely archiving your data as well as the wide variety of methods for telling the world about your work.

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England.