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ADMAT's Wreck Two Maritime Archaeological Project 2017

Location: Monte Cristi , Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

July 1, 2017 to July 29, 2017

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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE with Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle at Paris, départememt Préhistoire, UMR-CNRS 7194

Project Director:

Dr. Simon Q. Spooner BSc, MRICS, PhD, MCIfA.

Project Description

ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running a Maritime Archaeological Project during July 2017 on the new wreck site. Located in the Historic Monte Cristi Bay, in the Dominican Republic, this new wreck we are calling Wreck Two Almost nothing is known about the ship, so join the team to be at the beginning of a multi year project.  This project is an exciting chance for you to take part in a shipwreck survey and to forensically examin the wrecking process.

A RECCE was undertaken by ADMAT in 2006 and a new wreck site was thought to be in this survey area. In March 2016 a team led by Raimund Krob was using the side scan sonar to search and map the sea bed of Monte Cristi Bay.  Whilst Wreck One was not located, this new wreck site was. In the summer of 2016 a survey of Wreck Two was led by John Downing. During this initial survey the site was documented as  being about 17 m long by 10 m wide with bricks (presumably the cargo) mast rings and a small timber were located. To the north a very large anchor was recorded, which may well be from a later time period. At present we know the object of the survey is located in around 12 meters depth.

The work is being carried out for the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) a division of the Ministry of Culture. This project will instruct students survey and exploration techniques as well as documentation of artifacts. This is open for all students, Divers or volunteers over 18 years of age, with a minimum qualification of PADI Open Water / BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent.

The project language is English. Two week slots available. Full information about these projects can be found on ADMAT's website. This is a hands on course going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from the French armed merchant ship we call The Tile Wreck which sunk in 1720-24. For further information on this and other projects, please look at ADMAT's website

Period(s) of Occupation: Post Coulmbus to 1829

Underwater excavation and survey of historic shipwreck, Caribbean diving,

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No previous archaeological experience is required for student or volunteer team members, but applicants must speak English and be qualified divers to the level of PADI Open Water or the equivalent.

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodation will be at ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Centre in Monte Cristi. Full board included. Additional information is available on the project website

See website for full information

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
ADMAT & Save Ontario Shipwrecks (NAS Canada) Membership of the Toronto SOS/NAS Chapter is required.
Number of credits offered NAS time will be credited for level 2 & 3 via NAS Toronto Chapter and proof of attendance will be given.
Full training in the use of underwater excavation and artefact handling will be given.


Contact Information
Dr. Simon Q. Spooner
Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team
Canada Office
Nova Scotia
Recommended Bibliography: 

In French:
Gendron, F; Prudhomme, F and Spooner, S. (2009). "Identification de l’épave du « Parfumeur ». Brick havrais perdu en 1829 près Monte Cristi (Rép. Dominicaine)" Neptunia 253 (1):57-63, Paris.

Gendron, F; Prudhomme, F and Spooner, S. (2008), "Fouilles de l’épave du « Parfumeur ». Navire marchand perdu près de Monte Cristi (Rép. Dominicaine) ; Reconstitution archéologique du naufrage" Neptunia 252 (4):56-63, Paris.

Spooner, S and Gendron, F (2007), Amiral Baudin, nous avons retrouvé le Casimir ! République dominicaine : l’archéologie sous-marine rejoint l’Histoire, Pour la Science.

Spooner, S. and Gendron, F (2007). Naufrage et fouille du casimir : L’Antibuée, June 2007. Paris.

Spooner, S. and Gendron, F (2007) "République dominicaine : On a retrouvé l’épave du Casimir !," Archaéologia, No:441, 2007.