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Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Courses - 2011 Dates Released

The Office of Environment and Heritage has released the dates for its 2011 Maritime Archaeology Training Program.

You can help record Australia’s maritime heritage. The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) conducts courses in Maritime Archaeology. These courses give knowledge and skills to help you unlock the past. What greater adventure can there be?

Run under the auspices of AIMA NAS Training, Heritage Branch archaeologists ran three (3) Part 1 ‘Introduction to Maritime Archaeology’ Courses in 2011.

The courses aimed to provide an introduction to the principles and practice of maritime archaeology, both underwater and on the foreshore.

Participants will be introduced to basic archaeological principles such as site types and dating methods, as well as topics including ship technology, diving standards, and conservation.

Participants will further gain an understanding of how the current legislation applies to our historic shipwrecks and underwater cultural heritage.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • have been introduced to the basic archaeological principles and the scope of maritime archaeology; 
  • be able to apply 2D survey methods to an archaeological site; and 
  • have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities concerning underwater heritage.

Practical sessions during the course will focus on the use of 2D survey techniques and how these can be used on archaeological sites. Participants will not only get to practices the techniques but will also have the chance to draw up their results, demonstrating the advantages and disadvantages of different survey methods.

This is a general access course designed to appeal to anyone who has an interest shipwrecks or our maritime in the past. This two-day course is suitable for anyone 16 yrs and older, both divers and non-divers alike, and will be suitable for professional historical archaeologists with an interest in historic shipwrecks and maritime archaeology.

The dates for 2011 were as follows:

  • 12-13 February 2011 - Sydney, NSW
  • 14-15 May 2011 - Ballina NSW
  • 13-14 August 2011 - Batemans Bay NSW (cancelled due to insufficient numbers)
  • 12-13 November 2011 - Sydney NSW

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact National Tutor/Training Coordinator, Cassandra Philippou on 03 8644 89 or via email:

More information is available about the broader training program (201011courseschedule.pdf, 127KB).

Associated Documents and Files

Listed below are all the related documents and files for the Maritime Archaeology Training section of the website. Click on any hyperlink to download or view the associated files or web pages.

Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Inc - Maritime Archaeology Training Course Part 1 (AIMANAStrainingpt1.pdf, 12KB)

Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Inc - Maritime Archaeology Training Course Part 2 (AIMANAStrainingpt2.pdf, 20KB)

Little Manly (LittleManly.pdf, 446KB)

Rainbow (rainbow.pdf, 424KB)


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