Lagos Archaeological

Summer School


Anthropology 660 - 152

Summer 2006 - June 1st to June 30th

 Dr. Filipe Vieira de Castro

Office 105 Anthropology Building,

Tel. 845-6220,



This course will teach de fundamentals of archaeological fieldwork, namely techniques of survey, recording, photographing, underwater excavation, artifact recovery, and preliminary analysis of ship remains.  It consists of an intense, fulltime participation in the survey of a number of probable shipwreck sites not yet dated in the waters of the Municipality of Lagos.

The underwater works will be planned and coordinated by NAP student Mr. Tiago Fraga and Dr. Rui Loureiro, from Câmara Municipal de Lagos.

Teams will work a minimum of five days a week and attendance will be kept.

The students will gain experience with the various aspects of conducting an underwater survey and recording.  The different skills the students will be exposed to include:

            Measuring and recording site details;

            Development and preparation of site plans;

            Tools and methodology of underwater excavation;

            Appropriate techniques for the recovery of artifacts;

Cataloguing cultural remains;

            Drafting of artifacts;

            Artifact photography;

            Preliminary conservation of cultural materials;

            Processing the data retrieved from the archaeological site (make computer databases);

Preparation of archaeological reports and records;

Ancillary work will encompass additional tasks performed within a field camp:

Attending the morning briefing;

Preparing and maintaining the diving equipment;

Transport equipments and handle boats;

Diving (optional);

All these tasks students will be supervised and directed by one of the field co-directors.

All diving safety rules will be scrupulously followed.  No diving will be allowed outside the fieldwork without control of the diving safety officer.

Students participating in this project will attend a preliminary lecture on Portugal and the historical context to which the work pertains. 

All paperwork related to the emergency plan required by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology must be submitted two weeks before the first scheduled work day.  Students must be enrolled as a 660 student for the summer semester and provide the required paperwork to include:

A) Contacts in the US in case of emergency;

B) Relevant medical conditions;

C) Open Water Diving certification

D) Proof of a diving physical by a hyper baric physician.

Only graduate students can enroll in this course.  All students must be approved by the instructor before enrolling.


            Grading will be based by field performance (10%), lecture participation (20%), correctness of procedure(10%), safety (10%), and a final report (50%). The final report will be a minimum of 15 pages in length and pertain to some aspect of analysis regarding the survey/excavations performed during the field school. The topic must be approved by the instructor by July 1st.

Helpful Hints for Anthropology 660

 I am a true believer in a fast and wide flow of information, clear reporting, and predictability.

During field works students are required to show maturity and flexibility when confronted with schedule changes - frequent in a work that depends largely from the weather conditions - 

From previous experiences with international students working in Portugal I know that it is best for all to inform the project director about all details of your summer abroad before leaving the University.  It is normal that students take a few days off to enjoy the culture where they are staying, to include the landscape, museums, and monuments, or simply to rest from the hard work that an archaeological excavation entails.

If you are confused, tired, homesick, or simply do not feel like doing the tasks that are distributed to you, you must talk to me, communication makes all things easier.  I expect my students to enjoy their stay in Portugal, and I know many ways to solve the functional problems of an underwater archaeological excavation. 

It is very rewarding to both instructor and student when field school participants continue to show interest in the project by producing articles regarding the summer field season, and the INA Quarterly is a perfect vehicle for well-written papers.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities in Room 126 of the Student Services Building. The telephone number is 845 1637.

Lagos Archaeological Summer School

Anthropology 660 - Summer 2006 - June 1st to June 30th


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Tentative Schedule

June 1st-2nd
            Fly from Houston to Lisbon, Portugal.
            Fly from Lisbon to Lagos. (Bus will be waiting to take students to the accommodations).
            Introductory dinner.

June 3rd-
            Off- Acclimation day.

June 4th-
            Site familiarization- including emergency action plan, safety procedures, contacts, daily duty assignments, boat handling, etc.
            Dive safety officer lecture
            Principal investigator lecture- includes goals and demonstration of methods to be employed

June 5th-
            Lecture- Development and preparation of site plans
            Introductory dive #1 (Lay site grid and datum points)
            Lecture- tools and methodology
            Introductory dive #2
            Assign dive partners (based on strengths and weaknesses from introductory dives)

June 6th-
            Lecture- Measuring and recording site details
            Morning dive
            Lecture- Appropriate techniques for the recovery of artifacts
            Afternoon dive

June 7th-
            Lecture- Cataloguing cultural remains
            Morning dive
            Lecture- Artifact photography
            Afternoon dive

June 8th-
            Lecture- Drafting of artifacts
            Morning dive
            Lecture- Preliminary conservation of cultural materials
            Afternoon dive

June 9th-
            Lecture- Preparation of archaeological reports and records
            Morning dive
            Lecture- Processing the data retrieved from the archaeological site
            Afternoon dive

June 10th and 11th-
            Weekends off.

June 12th - 16th-
            Continue survey/excavations with morning and afternoon dives.

June 17th and 18th-
            Weekends off.

June 19th - 23rd-
            Continue survey/excavations with morning and afternoon dives.

June 24th and 25th-
            Weekends off.

June 26th - 28th- 
            Continue survey/excavations with morning and afternoon dives

June 29th and 30th-
            Site breakdown and covering.
            Artifact and records organization.
            Write preliminary reports.

July 1st-
            Return to United States.


FINAL reports due by Friday, July 28th.