MAHS Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology - 2014


The Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) is accepting applications for its annual Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology starting Tuesday January 28, 2014.   The course consists of nine evening sessions (7:30-9:00pm) on Tuesday nights at the McLean High School, Media Center, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA, and a pool session.

The cost of the course is $175 (Make checks payable to MAHS, PO Box 44382, L'Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC 20026).   Course texts, which are optional, are expected to cost about $25.   The class is open to all interested persons.

An application form and directions to McLean High School can be found by clicking here.

2014 Underwater Archaeology Course Schedule
(as of October 31, 2013).

Jan 28

Introduction to Underwater Archaeology

Feb 4

Archival Research

Feb 15

*Saturday (tentative), Tour of USS Constellation, Baltimore Inner Harbor, 10am-2pm

Feb 18

Ship's Architecture

Feb 25

Search Methods and Remote Sensing

Mar 4

Surveying, Recording and Mapping

Mar 11

Photography and Video Documentation

Mar 18

Conservation of Artifacts

Mar 22

Saturday (optional), Maryland Archaeological Workshop

Mar 25

Ethics and the Law

Apr 1

Project Planning and Report Preparation

Apr 22

Snow Date if earlier sessions are canceled

TBD Apr/May

Survey and Mapping Pool Session

If your schedule or location do not permit attending these evening classes, MAHS also offers the course on DVD with instructor guide for $199.95.   For further info on the video course contact Steven Anthony at (301) 419-8222 or

Upon completion of the introductory course, the student who is a certified scuba diver will be eligible to enroll in an Underwater Archaeology Field School to be held in Key Largo, FL, in late June 2014, or in local area field schools to be scheduled later.   PADI certifications in underwater/maritime archaeology are available to graduates of these courses.

MAHS is an internationally recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the research and preservation of our maritime heritage and to increasing the general publicís awareness of this heritage.   As part of our charter, we hold monthly meetings with guest speakers, conduct various underwater archaeology courses and field schools annually, and participate in various interesting and exciting archaeological and historical projects.

For further information about the course see our website at or contact Tom Berkey (703) 978-4429 (leave name and number) or