Fancy a Dirty Weekend?

Interested in shipwrecks and maritime archaeology? Want to do more with your diving? Or just like the idea of getting down and dirty? Well now you can…!

On 30-31 May 2015, I will be hosting an Australasian Institute for Maritime ArchaeologyNautical Archaeology Society Part 1 Introduction to Maritime Archaeology Course at The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre in The Rocks, Sydney.

If you have ever had an interest in maritime archaeology, but didn’t know how to get involved, this is your chance. Part of the award-winning, internationally recognised NAS Training Program, which was developed to train divers volunteering on the Mary Rose project in the early 1980’s, this entry-level course is designed for anyone with an interest in our maritime past.

Suitable for divers and non-divers alike, the Part 1 course is run over two days and consists of a mix of classroom and practical sessions. As a course participant, you will receive a number of presentations on topics ranging from ‘What is Archaeology’ to site types, dating methods, and basic survey techniques aimed to get you started recording your own archaeological site.

Participants will also learn about the law relating to shipwrecks and underwater cultural heritage, finds handling, preliminary conservation, and best of all, you will even survey your own mock shipwreck site in one of the most picturesque locations in Sydney. How’s that for a dirty weekend?!!


As part of the course, you will receive a one-year AIMA membership, an NAS International Training Record Card (think of it as your NAS passport!), and exposure to a range of volunteer projects, opportunities and people, many of whom are the leaders in the field.

This is an adventure not to be missed! I say that, not because I’m teaching it, but because this is an opportunity that could change your life. I know this, because a NAS course changed mine. Eleven years ago, I was really fortunate to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and for that I’m eternally grateful. It’s also why I’m still teaching these courses today.

If you are keen to come along, but don’t live in Sydney, never fear, the Sydney Harbour YHA is here! Co-located with The Big Dig Centre, the YHA has incredible views across Sydney Harbour to the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s also smack-bang in the middle of Sydney, only a stones throw from Circular Quay. It is also built on top of one of Australia’s largest archeological sites and is an excellent example of adaptive reuse and preservation in situ.

If you would like more information about AIMA NAS Training in Australia, visit AIMA NAS Training or contact me. I would love to hear from you.

You can also comment below, or share your own adventure in archaeology with Indiana Sarah on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and Google Plus. I’d love to hear what you have been up too!

Until next week…

Sarah x


Photographs courtesy AIMA/Norfolk Island Museum.

About Sarah Ward

I’m Sarah Ward, an archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 15 years experience, both in and out of the water. I’ve investigated sites ranging from the Bronze Age to the modern, across more than 20 countries. I am on a mission to bring archaeology to a broader audience, helping people to connect with the past in a meaningful way.

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