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6/8-6/26/2009: LAMP 2009 Summer Field School


The 2011 LAMP Field School announcement is now online! Click here to learn about our upcoming summer field school, June 6-July 1, 2011.

UPDATE: The 2009 Field School was a great success! Click here to read the 2009 Field School blog posts!

Below is the original announcement for the 2009 Field School:

The 2009 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Field School will be held June 8-26, 2009 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. This comprehensive 3-week field practicum will focus on the testing of an unidentified ballast pile to make a determination whether it represents the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, lost on the St. Augustine bar in August 1861 after the most successful cruise of the entire war. Alternate inshore sites will be investigated depending on conditions offshore.

Students will be instructed in scientific diving procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, the use of hydraulic probes and induction dredges, marine remote sensing survey and analysis (magnetometer & side scan sonar), artifact collection and documentation, and basic conservation laboratory methodology. The field school will also host an evening lecture series featuring field school instructors and visiting professionals from various public, private, and academic institutions throughout Florida.

The field school fee is $800.00 for students taking this course for academic credit, and $1000 for those who do not wish to receive course credit . This base fee includes housing and board, all diving gear (other than mask, fins, snorkels, & booties), air fills, use of LAMP’s research vessels, dive locker, classroom, and laboratory facilities, and local transportation. Graduate or undergraduate credit may be available through the sponsoring universities listed below, or through your own institution if you make these arrangements, at additional expense for tuition. Students must provide their own transportation to and from St. Augustine, Florida.


· Students must be scuba-certified and qualify as a scientific diver through AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) or a similar institution, or else qualify as a scientific-diver-in-training through LAMP’s scientific diver program. These requirements include a specific medical exam to be completed prior to field school, and a swim test to be conducted upon arrival. More information and downloads of the medical exam form and other required paperwork are available here.

· Students must have DAN diving accident insurance or an equivalent policy.

· Students must hold current CPR and First Aid certifications.

· Reimbursement for DAN insurance and the scientific diver medical examination (up to $100.00 each) may be available with receipt.


This field practicum is supported by the following universities:

Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Additional partnering institutions:

Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)
The Institute of Maritime History (IMH)


LAMP maintains a field house on five acres of rural property just outside St. Augustine. Expect field bunkhouse/dormitory-type conditions though the house is furnished with air conditioning, two bathrooms, and a fully-operational kitchen. Some students may wish to camp on the land around the field house; if so they should bring their own tent/gear.

Meals will be communal and prepared each day by the field school participants on a rotating basis. The budget for purchasing food is derived from the field school fee charged to all students.

Download the official flier promoting the 2009 summer field school!

Online Application Forms

Download the application package by clicking here

Please download the application package, which consists of three one-page forms in a single Microsoft Word document. You may complete the forms digitally or else print them out and complete by hand. When finished, please send to Dr. Sam Turner by email or fax or regular mail:

Dr. Sam Turner
Director of Archaeology, LAMP
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32080 USA
Fax: 904-808-1248 Phone: 904-829-0745

If you have any other questions, please email Dr. Turner at sturner@staugustinelighthouse.com.


Field school research vessels include LAMP's newly refurbished RV Island Fever, and the Institute of Maritime History's RV Roper, pictured below:

Diver recording the mystery ballast pile during the 2007 field school.

Comments (7)

Hello Chuck,

Do I need to get my scientific dive certification before the course or is that taught on the field school?

Hi Mark,

We can basically get you into our scientific diver system here at LAMP at the start of the Field School, as long as you meet the pre-requisites: 1. scuba certification, 2. current CPR/First Aid certification, 3. DAN or similar dive medical insurance 4. Medical exam (a specific exam, see downloadable form available on our webpage).

Other requirements will be taken care of upon the start of the field school -- a couple more forms to be filled out, a written exam (just a basic scuba refresher), a pool swim test (75 yd underwater swim, 400 yd swim in 12 minutes or less, 10 minutes treading water with the last 2 minutes without hands, tow another swimmer 75 yds), a pool scuba evaluation, an open water checkout dive, and an overview of LAMP's scientific diving system and risk management/safety practices. All of these will be incorporated into field school activities.

Check out the scientific diving program pages on LAMP's webpage (see the links menu on the left hand side of the main LAMP page) for more info on our Scientific Diving Program, which basically mirrors the standards set forth by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. We'll do the pool checkout and other stuff shortly after the start of the field school, while you should have all the forms available on our webpage filled out beforehand.

As the medical exam will entail some costs (depending on your insurance particulars) you may want to wait until you are formally accepted into the field school before you undergo the exam. We MAY be able to help reimburse some money you spend on the medical exam and DAN insurance if you save receipts and depending on our remaining grant funds.

Hope this helps!

Chuck Meide

hi chuck member me from adp?im a pirate capt now on sgi call or vist 850 228 6234 later dave

When will the next field school be?

Hi Jody,

We haven't set the date yet, but it will be next summer, probably close to the dates we had it this year. So stay tuned to the blog for the announcement if you are interested. The students really had a blast this time around.


hey chuck,
the dive card dame today with the mail! AWESOME!!!
i will start making money soon to come back in summer...

how far did u get with the certifaction letter from the dives we did... like waht we talked about in the car last time... ik it is long time ago...

tell me when someone comes over here from lamp...
i still wait for u to tell when we are gonna dive here on the other site of the ocean ;)
many greetings from germany

Great to hear from you Florian, and glad you got your card! Looking forward to diving with you next summer!

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