MAHS Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology - 2015


The Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) is accepting applications for its annual Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology starting Tuesday January 27, 2015.   The course consists of nine evening sessions (7:30-9:30pm) on Tuesday nights at the McLean High School, Media Center, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA.  A training session for survey and mapping is held in a public pool in the area in late April or early May, the exact date and location to be announced.

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.

2015 Underwater Archaeology Course Schedule
(as of December 1, 2014).

Jan 27

Introduction to Underwater Archaeology

Feb 3

Archival Research


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

Feb 17

Ship's Architecture

Feb 24

Search Methods and Remote Sensing

Mar 3

Surveying, Recording and Mapping

Mar 17

Photography and Videography

Mar 24

Conservation of Artifacts


**Saturday (optional), Maryland Archaeological Workshop

Apr 7

Law and Ethics

Apr 21

Project Planning and Reports

Apr 28

Snow Date if earlier sessions are canceled

TBD Apr/May

Survey and Mapping Pool Session


*A Saturday in February is usually scheduled for an optional tour of the Sloop of War USS Constellation, in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, with Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist, Dr. Susan Langley, as guide.   The Constellation is currently in drydock but is scheduled to be out in mid-February.   The tour date will be announced.


**The Maryland Historical Trust holds its annual Maryland Archaeological Workshop on a Saturday in March.   The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to meet professional and avocational archaeologists from the region.   When the date has been set by the Trust, it will be announced.   Attendance is optional.

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 2015, or in local area field schools to be scheduled later.   PADI and NAUI certification in underwater/maritime archaeology may also be available to graduates of these courses.   If interested, please contact the course Director for further information prior to registering for the class.

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 Charlie Reid (703) 798-5935 (leave name and number) or