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SEAMAHP creates hands-on, innovative programs in Maritime Archaeology. Our non-profit organization offers opportunities to learn about maritime archaeology and history through investigations of sites and artifacts. Dr. Calvin Mires and Captain Laurel Seaborn, as co-founders of this program, believe that experiential learning brings maritime stories to life for students. SEAMAHP courses focus on human creativity…

Outreach 2022

Please contact us if you are looking for a speaker for your organization. We are always up for collaborations with interested organizations in order to promote awareness of maritime cultural heritage. (Contact us for more info! seamahp@gmail.com) Upcoming presentations: Our next presentation will be July 26, 2022 on the Archaeology of Shipwrecks hosted by the…

Upcoming 2023 Field School @ SSU

Be part of the dig! Join us for our summer field school next July, 2023. SEAMAHP in collaboration with MBUAR will be running a hands-on archaeological dig of a foreshore shipwreck, as an accredited course through Salem State University (SSU) in Massachusetts. Our research is ongoing on a steamship wreck  believed to be the City…

Past SSU Field School (2018)

Our SSU field school adventure (July 16-20th, 2018) took us to investigatate the steamship wreck of the City of Rockland on Little Misery Island. The landing-craft type boat Naumkeag dropped us off on the shore, and as the tide went out, the shipwreck slowly became revealed. Guests included Stephen Young who came to take drone footage…

SparrowHawk Project

How do you know if a shipwreck is really as old as it’s thought to be?? In 2018, SEAMAHP helped bring in experts to take samples to perform dendrochronology testing (tree ring analysis) of the SparrowHawk at Pilgrim Hall Museum, to determine the date/origins of the wood frames. We hoped they might be able to…

Experiencing a Field School

Wondering about what you might experience on site with us next summer? — Visit Alli’s Blog (Objects & Archaeology: Where does the story take you? Nov 17, 2015) for her description of our field school. Stay tuned for our upcoming projects and courses for 2019… photo © SEAMAHP  

2017 SSU Field School

We had a great field school with our adult and college students! We expanded the investigations of the Ada K. Damon shipwreck on Steep Hill Beach at the Crane Estate held by the Trustees of Reservations. From sailing on schooner Fame to a visit at the  Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and tour of the Burnham shipyard, students were immersed…

Wreck of Sparrow-Hawk (1626)

In collaboration with Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Mass., SEAMAHP presented on the historic wreck and the planned continuation of research on the wooden beams. On April 12, Dr. Calvin Mires spoke to a packed lecture hall on the return of the Sparrow-Hawk (wrecked on Cape Cod in 1626) for exhibit at the museum, and…

2016 SSU Field School

Another great year! Our field school expanded investigations of the Ada K. Damon shipwreck on Steep Hill Beach at the Crane Estate. From sailing on schooner Fame to a visit at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn more from shipwright Harold Burnham, students were immersed in hands-on experiences in maritime culture. Check out the galleries for photos for…

2015 Field School

During our field school, students partially excavated the wreck Ada K. Damon at Steep Hill Beach near Ipswich, Mass. The course, accredited through Salem State University and in cooperation with Mass. Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, is an intensive intro to maritime archaeology techniques and skills, with the final day spent mapping and analyzing data from…