Overview

The MPS Underwater Archaeology track (UARCH) is minimally a two-year program that focuses on the theory, underwater cultural heritage management, and data collection techniques necessary to work within the field of archaeology and the broader general field of marine sciences. Coursework integrates topics such as archaeological epistemology, site mapping and modeling, interpretation of shipwrecks and submerged sites, best management practices, marine protected areas, and marine geophysical technology and survey. UARCH students receive training as AAUS Science Divers during their first semester. Students will have opportunities to work side-by-side with professional archaeologists through internships and field projects with private, public, or non-governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally, and conduct relevant fieldwork.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:

  • BA/BS in Anthropology, History, or related field
  • Meet minimum RSMAS diving standards as outlined by the RSMAS Dive Office
    • Minimum open water scuba certification from a nationally accredited dive training agency
    • Certified divers with more than 50 logged dives, especially those with prior scientific diving training, may qualify for the Experienced Diver Checkout and not be required to take RSM 600

Recommended:

  • Participation in an archaeological field school prior to commencing the UARCH program
  • Volunteer for terrestrial archaeological projects
  • Ability to write professionally

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case-by-case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

RSM 600Introduction to Research Diving Techniques3
RSM 667Motorboat Operator Certification Course 31
EVR 614Underwater Site Mapping and Visualization Techniques3
EVR 615Marine Geophysical Survey and Technology3
EVR 632Theory and Method in Underwater and Maritime Archaeology3
EVR 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
EVR 672The Archaeology of Seafaring3
EVR 691Maritime Archaeology Field Study3
EVR 692Archaeological Study of Submerged Pre-Contact Sites3
Maritime Archaeology and the Conquest of Mexico 2
EVR 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours31
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

2

Based upon availability

3

RSM 667 is preferred, but RSM 664 may substitute

Elective Options 

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

EVR 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
EVR 616Ocean Policy3
EVR 618Coastal Zone Management3
EVR 635Oceans of Thought: Exploring Marine and Environmental Literature3
EVR 664Citizen and Participatory Science3
EVR 665Science and Natural History Media Production3
EVR 674Theoretical Practical Issues in Exploration Science3
EVR 710International Ocean Law and Governance3
EVR 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics for Marine Scientists3
OCE 606Introduction to Ocean Remote Sensing3
OCE 707Advanced Ocean Remote Sensing3
RSM 646Presentation Boot Camp1

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EVR 626 Submerged Cultural Resource Management 3
EVR 632 Theory and Method in Underwater and Maritime Archaeology 3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
RSM 600 Introduction to Research Diving Techniques 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
EVR 614 Underwater Site Mapping and Visualization Techniques 3
EVR 615 Marine Geophysical Survey and Technology 3
EVR 672 The Archaeology of Seafaring 3
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certification Course 1
Elective (Optional)
 Credit Hours10
Summer
EVR 691 Maritime Archaeology Field Study 3
Maritime Archaeology and the Conquest of Mexico 2
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 1-6
 Credit Hours4-9
Year Two
Fall
EVR 692 Archaeological Study of Submerged Pre-Contact Sites 3
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 1-6
Elective (Optional)
 Credit Hours4-9
Spring
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 1-6
Elective (Optional)
 Credit Hours1-6
 Total Credit Hours31-46
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

2

Based upon availability

Mission

Underwater archaeology is the study of the remains of past human activity through the exploration, documentation, and study of a variety of submerged sites, from shipwrecks to caves and springs to lakes and rivers.  The Underwater Archaeology track helps students understand how archaeological sites and artifacts can play a large role in education, community cohesion, national identity, economic development, sustainable tourism, conservation, and, of course, entertainment among others. This program focuses on the theory, field techniques, and management practices necessary to work within the field of archaeology and the broader general field of marine sciences. This program provides training in the areas of mapping and documentation, interpretation of shipwrecks and submerged sites, best management practices, marine protected areas, and marine survey technology.

Goals

Students in the MPS Underwater Archaeology track (UARCH) will learn the theories, field techniques, and management strategies necessary to work on a variety of submerged fresh and saltwater sites.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students in the MPS Underwater Archaeology track (UARCH) will learn site mapping and documentation, interpretation of shipwrecks and submerged sites, best management practices, marine protected areas, and marine survey technology to effectively apply these skills and knowledge to submerged fresh and saltwater sites.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a final, written study (between 65 – 120 pages) and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.