Saturday, May 22, 2010

We have a great group of students this summer. You can follow their weekly trials and tribulations right here. We have 21 students in all: 10 students in the first session and 11 students in the second session. Since our program and our field school is growing (which we think is amazing!) we have made it mandatory for all underwater students to take the combined maritime/terrestrial field school. This gives them a chance to experience two different genres of archaeology. Our underwater students will also be working at our UWF terrestrial sites, which include Arcadia Mill, a 19th-century mill site and our Molino site, "Colonial Frontiers," in search of an 18th-century Spanish mission, San Joseph de Escambe.

Our maritime students will be primarily working on two sites this summer-Emanuel Point II, the second vessel of Luna's 1559 fleet and the B-St Schooner. In addition to these two sites, we will be teaching students how to use our survey equipment-our side scan sonar and magnetometer-to find potential new shipwrecks in the bay. The students will also get a chance to find a third vessel in Luna's fleet because we will be taking them on target dives of previously discovered sonar or magnetometer hits. The fourth element of our underwater field school provides the students a chance to look at the artifacts they have uncovered throughout the summer in the conservation lab.

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