FAQ 2023

Unfortuately, all 2022 summer field schools & workshops have been CANCELLED by Salem State University due to CoVid19. We hope you’ll be able to join us next summer!


In June or July, 2023, SEAMAHP in collaboration with MBUAR will be running an accredited course through Salem State University in Massachusetts that will be listed as:
Maritime Archaeology of the North Shore
(Topics in Public History HST 305) Class #

2023 Field School: Registration opens in Spring 2023

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The course will be an intensive, mainly outdoors and hands-on experiential program on the shores north of Boston. Salem State University (SSU) is now accepting registration from both college students and the public, and all students will receive three credits for the course.

This week-long summer institute is run by us, the non-profit SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program). The course will cover methods and practice of archaeological research, along with survey and documentation of historic shipwreck sites. In addition to methodological training and lectures, participants will get experience with all aspects of fieldwork in a dynamic environment on the seashore.

SEAMAHP directors, Dr. Calvin Mires (of Bridgewater State University), and Capt. Laurel Seaborn, along with Victor Mastone of MBUAR (Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources) are the program instructors. They all have extensive experience in maritime archaeological field methods, archival research, and site documentation.

For more information contact us at SEAMAHP:

Dr. Calvin Mires or Capt. Laurel Seaborn (Seamahp@gmail.com)
or Victor Mastone (Victor.Mastone@gmail.com)

Read on for details!

Maritime Archaeology Field School details:

The Continuing Education Office at Salem State University will be accepting registrations in spring 2023!  Course enrollment is limited so don’t wait to sign up.

2023 Field School: Register Spring 2023!

Dates: June or July, 2023

Location: Salem and North Shore of Massachusetts

Course description:

  • Maritime Archaeology Field School (HST 305 class#  )
  • Research Focus – “The life cycle of ships” from design and building to sailing and life aboard, to the shipwreck on the shore. The focus is on what this can tell us of the people who lived and worked in the maritime industries and ports of Mass. Students will work with maritime archaeologists, including the MBUAR’s Chief Archaeologist (for the past 40 yrs) to document the site through recording and surveying of the wreck.
  • Skills, Procedures & Lectures: Students will receive instruction in planning and safety, theory and methodology, procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, artifact documentation and in situ conservation, analysis of findings and publication of results.

Course Outcomes:

  • Participants will receive three credits through Salem State University (SSU).
  • Students will receive certification (Intro/Part 1) by the internationally-recognized Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS)
  • Students will be involved in one or more of several products to convey their research to the public, such as creating a webpage or signage.


  • No prerequisite courses are required!
  • General level of fitness. Participants must be able to do physical work on site.
  • All field work will be conducted on beach or shore front, so participants do NOT require dive certification. But students should anticipate getting wet during field operations!

Fees and costs:

  • Course tuition for 2023 will posted next year, and includes all lab fees along with transportation to the site. Room and board is not included in this cost, so if you need lodging locally, see below.
  • Purchase a Rite in the Rain #373 notebook with waterproof pages at the University bookstore (or find one online).  A good coursebook for info is Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice by Amanda Bowens (approx. cost = $40, check online for used copies), but it is not mandatory!
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from Salem State University Campus, MA. Nearby sites may require carpooling, but all water transport will be provided to and from the field work.

On-campus Housing:

  • If required, on-campus housing can be arranged in advance through SSU. Please contact them directly to inquire about what is included (such as bedding etc.)
  • Participants are responsible for their own meals, and a fully-operational kitchen is available for those staying in the dorms.
  • For information on costs per night for 2023, contact housing@salemstate.edu or call 978-542-7173

Register Online as student of SSU at: www.salemstate.edu/summer

2023 Field School: Register Spring 2023!

  • If you are not already a student at Salem State, follow the link for First-Time Self-Service for Non-degree Students.”  Use registration class#  .
  • Sign up as an “undergraduate” (there is no unaccredited option for this course).
  • Maritime Archaeology of the North Shore (Field School, June or July 2023) is listed as Summer course: HST 305 “Topics in Public History” & class#   .

If you have any issues with the online registration process, please contact the SSU Office of Continuing Studies (ce@salemstate.edu) at 978-542-6324.

Or let us know and we will assist you.

For more information contact us at SEAMAHP:

Dr. Calvin Mires or Capt. Laurel Seaborn (Seamahp@gmail.com)
or Victor Mastone (Victor.Mastone@gmail.com)

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