Find out what maritime archaeology is all about in the interactive theory course. It is not just about shipwrecks, and it is certainly not all underwater!

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

Cost: £50.00.

Note that the course fee does NOT include one year's NAS membership. Register for a combined course to receive one year's NAS membership worth £28.00.

This theory course and accompanying practical Recorder Skills Day is the first of the two components of the NAS Foundation qualification, which will allow you to participate in our fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

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



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

Course development has been supported by a grant from Historic England