Topic ID #38177 - posted 3/22/2017 12:37 AM

Underwater Archaeology Field School Lake Champlain


Basin Harbor Shipwreck Exploration

A field school experience is a critical component for anyone interested in learning about underwater archaeology. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is hosting a rigorous three-week program that offers a mix of both instruction and hands-on underwater archaeological research.  The diving sessions will teach practical underwater skills using both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology on an historic shipwreck. Through additional lecture, students will have the opportunity to study legal issues in archaeology, to learn about local history, and to participate in artifact conservation.


The site to be worked on is an 89-foot unknown wooden vessel located in Basin Harbor. Beyond the wooden hull remains, artifacts found on site include glass bottles, iron spikes and other iron fasteners. The identity and time period of the wreck are still unknown. Come help us solve the mysteries of the Basin Harbor wreck!


2017 Field School

·         When: May 21-June 10, 2017

·         Where: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT.

·         What: Basin Harbor wreck, it’s a mystery!



Students must be SCUBA-certified

Students must have dive insurance

Students must have current CPR and First Aid certifications


Online Application Forms and Fees


Cost: $2525.00. 
A deposit of $250.00 is due upon acceptance and the remainder is due on the first day of class; all fees are payable to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This fee includes food, air fills, classroom and laboratory fees. The deposit and the remaining balance may be paid with check or credit card.


Credit: Optional graduate or undergraduate credit, 3 credit hours, is available through Castleton University. The cost of tuition is $450.00.


Dive Gear: Students must provide their own dive gear for early season cold water diving. This includes mask, fins, snorkel, thermal protection (7mm wetsuit or drysuit), hood, booties, gloves, BCD, regulators, depth gauge, and timing device. Rentals can be arranged with help from LCMM staff with the local dive shop, Waterfront Diving Center. 

Housing: Sleeping quarters are available on the Canal Schooner Lois McClure for an extra $500.00. Please contact the Field School Coordinator if you are interested in this housing option. Otherwise, housing is to found by the student in the area. 


Students must provide their own transportation to and from Vermont. Arrangements can be made for pick-up from the local airports. If necessary, please contact the Field School Coordinator. Students are also responsible for the required diving insurance, diving medical exam and CPR/First Aid before the start of the course.


Please download the application package at and complete either digitally or by hand. When finished, please send to Allyson Ropp by email, or regular mail:


Allyson Ropp

Field School Coordinator

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Road

Vergennes, VT 05491


Phone: (802) 475-2022 ext 110


If you have any further questions, please call or email Allyson at


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