ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Excavation Project / Volunteers Program in the Dominican Republic

Location: Monte Cristi, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

March 2, 2016 to December 31, 2016

Session dates: 
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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

Latest news:

ADMAT Starts a new survey project called "Wreck One". The Team are looking for a ship which was sunk in 1750's. The Survey will take place in the first two weeks in March 2016. Please contact Dr Spooner for further information if you want to join the Team.


ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running a Maritime Archaeological Project during the year  to continue the Survey work on The Tile Wreck 1720's wreck  in the Dominican Republic. The work is being carried out for the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) the Government department. This project will instruct students survey and exploration techniques as well as documentation of artifacts. This is open for all students 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 The Tile Wreck. For further information on this and other projects, please look at ADMAT's website


Period(s) of Occupation: A.D. 1650 - 1800

Dominican Republic, Maritime Archaeology, Shipwreck, Underwater Cultural Heritage, Nautical, Side Scan Sonar, Proton Magnetometer, Survey, Measure, Record, Artefact Handling.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks for diving one week for artefact handling courses

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
Full training in the use of underwater survey and excavation (on The Tile Wreck), together with artefact handling.


Contact Information
Dr. Simon Q. Spooner
Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT).
Canada office
Nova Scotia
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Recommended Bibliography: 

J. Richard Steffy, Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks, 1994, 1998, College Station, Texas