Remote Sensing Workshop

2019 Workshop Dates

This year, our primary sonar workshop will be held from July 22th through July 25th. If you're unable to attend during those dates, contact us about setting up another session. Call 904-829-0745 ext. 202 or email archaeologist Brendan Burke.

This class will indoctrinate the student on the basic principles of archaeological underwater survey using a sidescan sonar and marine magnetometer. Through the four day course, a series of classroom and field experiences will demonstrate the procedures of establishing and undertaking a survey. After learning how to gather and collect data, students will learn how to analyze acoustic and magnetic data.

What is remote sensing?

Remote sensing is often the first stage of maritime research in the field. Prior to disturbance of submerged bottomlands (river beds, lake bottoms, the ocean floor), a survey is carried out to locate submerged cultural resources. Historic shipwrecks, paleo-channels, even aircraft may be located using remote sensing technology. A suite of remote sensing gear typically includes sidescan sonar and a marine magnetometer.

The sidescan sonar can scan a submerged landscape with soundwaves and translate that into an image of the bottom. In that image, we can detect items which may have historic significance. A marine magnetometer has the ability to sense magnetic deviations in the earth’s magnetic field. Things like historic shipwrecks, containing iron fasteners, anchors, or cannon, may be located with a magnetometer even if buried within a submerged bottom.

What do I need to know for this class?

While archaeological experience is helpful, it is not required. Students may simply wish to experience sidescan sonography or magnetometry as an introduction to maritime survey or hydrographic study. This course places students into a hands-on environment where they can learn while having instructors on-hand to help and guide the process.

The course includes:

  • Classroom Lectures
  • Equipment Setup and Usage
  • Basic Operation and Troubleshooting
  • Software Use
  • Course Packet
  • Vessel Time
  • Housing* (dormitory-style)

*Participants will need to bring their own toiletries, bedding, lunch, and transportation to St. Augustine and from the Field House to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.

Online Application Forms and Fees

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The fee for the workshop is $900.00 A $250 deposit is due upon acceptance and the remainder is due on the first day of class. 

  • Full Fee: $900.00

Special scheduling available on request. contact us if you are interested in setting up your own class!

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