Marine Archaeology Course

Learning Programs

Monterrey Shipwreck Bow, Image courtesy NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program 2012
Monterrey Shipwreck Bow, Image courtesy NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program 2012

Introduction to Marine Archaeology:
The Role of Marine Archaeology in the Energy Industry

Marine Archaeology integrates geology, geophysics, and archaeology to delineate, identify, and assess inundated archaeological sites, such as shipwrecks and prehistoric sites. This course is sponsored by the Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (OSIG) Committee of the Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S. (SUT-US). 

The two-day comprehensive course covers the fundamentals of archaeology, the regulatory environments in the United States and around the world, the potential for unanticipated discoveries, data acquisition, interpretation, risk management, and project planning. Incorporating four case studies, the class helps illustrate the potential outcomes of an archaeological or geophysical survey. Recognized experts in the field from a mix of energy, consulting, and service companies teach the class.

Who should attend
The course is focused for geoscientists, engineers, and managers who actively work, contract, or plan marine site investigation programs for exploration and/or field development. 

Course Program
Day 1
Topic 1. What is Marine Archaeology
Topic 2. Prehistoric Potential US
Topic 3. Historic Potential U.S.
Topic 4. Global Potentials – Frontier Areas
Topic 5. The Regulatory Environment – global and domestic
Topic 6. Risk Assessment for Marine Archaeology
Topic 7. Geophysics for Marine Archaeology
Topic 8. Marine Archaeological Site Surveys
Case Study 1. Geomagnetic Storms in Marine Magnetometer Data
Day 2
Case Study 2. Shallow Archaeological Sites
Exercise 2.1. Client Survey
Exercise 2.2. Regulatory Action – multiphase, with curveballs
Case Study 2.1. Geomagnetic Storm Impacts
Case Study 2.2. Wreck Site Formation and Identification
Case Study 2.3. We Found It, Now What:   Unanticipated Discoveries
Exercise 2.3. Design your own survey
Case Study 2.4. Multiple Working Hypotheses

About the presenters:
Brandi Carrier BOEM Archaeologist/Deputy Federal Preservation Officer
Amanda Evans CEI Senior Marine Archaeologist
Kimberly Faulk GEMS Senior Marine Archaeologist/Business Development Manager
Daniel Haddock GEMS Marine Archaeologist
Dan Warren P & C Scientific Principle Investigator/President

November 7-8, 2018, 8:00am-4:00pm
15810 Park Ten Pl, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77084
Presentation Cost:
SUT Members: $1,000
SUT Non-Members: $1,000


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