Guam - Students enrolled in the University of Guam’s Maritime Archaeology course spent a good deal of their class time this summer underwater obtaining hands on experience in the practice of maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage.
Students learned field techniques in recording and documenting a site, including an underwater archaeology survey and an assessment of a site, and the theoretical and practical ways in researching and managing these sites and their histories. The course also included assessment of the state of conservation of the site in addition to basic artifact conservation.
The course was taught by maritime archaeologist Dr. Bill Jeffery and assistants along with University of Guam instructors Douglas Farrer and Todd Ames.
The course was sponsored by the UOG College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Micronesia Area Research Center, and the Guam Preservation Trust, among others, and incorporated the Nautical Archaeology Society Training Program into the coursework. This is the second consecutive summer that the course has been offered and the partners hope to build capacity in the area of underwater cultural heritage on Guam and in the region.