The 2009 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Field School will be held June 8-26, 2009 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. This comprehensive 3-week field practicum will focus on the testing of an unidentified ballast pile to make a determination whether it represents the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, lost on the St. Augustine bar in August 1861 after the most successful cruise of the entire war. Alternate inshore sites will be investigated depending on conditions offshore.

Students will be instructed in scientific diving procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, the use of hydraulic probes and induction dredges, marine remote sensing survey and analysis (magnetometer & side scan sonar), artifact collection and documentation, and basic conservation laboratory methodology. The field school will also host an evening lecture series featuring field school instructors and visiting professionals from various public, private, and academic institutions throughout Florida.
The field school fee is $800.00 for students taking this course for academic credit, and $1000 for those who do not wish to receive course credit . This base fee includes housing and board, all diving gear (other than mask, fins, snorkels, & booties), air fills, use of LAMP’s research vessels, dive locker, classroom, and laboratory facilities, and local transportation. Graduate or undergraduate credit may be available through the sponsoring universities listed below, or through your own institution if you make these arrangements, at additional expense for tuition. Students must provide their own transportation to and from St. Augustine, Florida.
· Students must be scuba-certified and qualify as a scientific diver through AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) or a similar institution, or else qualify as a scientific-diver-in-training through LAMP’s scientific diver program. These requirements include a specific medical exam to be completed prior to field school, and a swim test to be conducted upon arrival. More information and downloads of the medical exam form and other required paperwork are available here.
· Students must have DAN diving accident insurance or an equivalent policy.
· Students must hold current CPR and First Aid certifications.
· Reimbursement for DAN insurance and the scientific diver medical examination (up to $100.00 each) may be available with receipt.
This field practicum is supported by the following universities:
Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Additional partnering institutions:
Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)
The Institute of Maritime History (IMH)
LAMP maintains a field house on five acres of rural property just outside St. Augustine. Expect field bunkhouse/dormitory-type conditions though the house is furnished with air conditioning, two bathrooms, and a fully-operational kitchen. Some students may wish to camp on the land around the field house; if so they should bring their own tent/gear.
Meals will be communal and prepared each day by the field school participants on a rotating basis. The budget for purchasing food is derived from the field school fee charged to all students.
Download the official flier promoting the 2009 summer field school!
Online Application Forms
Download the application package by clicking here
Please download the application package, which consists of three one-page forms in a single Microsoft Word document. You may complete the forms digitally or else print them out and complete by hand. When finished, please send to Dr. Sam Turner by email or fax or regular mail:
Dr. Sam Turner
Director of Archaeology, LAMP
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32080 USA
Fax: 904-808-1248 Phone: 904-829-0745
If you have any other questions, please email Dr. Turner at
Field school research vessels include LAMP’s newly refurbished RV Island Fever, and the Institute of Maritime History‘s RV Roper, pictured below:
Diver recording the mystery ballast pile during the 2007 field school.