MAHS Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology - 2016


The Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society (MAHS) is accepting applications for its annual Introductory Course in Underwater Archaeology starting Tuesday February 2, 2016.   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.

2016 Underwater Archaeology Course Schedule
(revised as of January 26, 2016).

Feb 02

Introduction to Underwater Archaeology

Feb 09

No Class - MAHS Bi-monthly Membership Meeting

Feb 13

Tour of USS Constellation, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Saturday, 10am-2pm

Feb 16

Ship's Architecture

Feb 23

Search Methods and Remote Sensing

Mar 01

Surveying, Recording, and Mapping

Mar 08

No Class

Mar 15

Archival Research

Mar 22

No Class - High School closed for Spring Break

Mar 26

*Maryland Archaeological Workshop, Crownsville, MD, Saturday, 9am-3pm

Mar 29

Conservation of Artifacts

Apr 05

Project Planning, Report Preparation

Apr 12

No Class - MAHS Bi-monthly Membership Meeting

Apr 19

Ethics and the Law

Apr 26

Photography and Videography

TBD Apr/May

Survey and Mapping Pool Session, Location TBD



*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.   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 2016, 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 public'’s 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 Steven Anthony at (301) 419-8222 or