ADMAT's Le Casimir Wreck Maritime Archaeological Project 2016

Location: Monte Cristi , Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

June 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016

Session dates: 
Please see ADMAT's web page for full information

Deadline Type: 
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Program Type

Field school



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, MIfA.

Project Description

ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running a Maritime Archaeological Project during the summer of 2016 to return to the wreck site of Le Casimir, a french brig which sunk in 1829 outside Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic, after hitting the reef at night.  Le Casimir was carrying a cargo of perfume, wine and other items. A number of artefacts have already been recovered and ADMAT put forward a wrecking process which was confirmed after we found the entire story in the archives. This project is an exciting chance for you to take part in a shipwreck excavation and to forensically examin the wrecking process.

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 Advanced 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 Le Casimir and 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 French 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 Advanced 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
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.