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Field School 2017: Basin Harbor Shipwreck Exploration

A field school experience is a critical component for anyone interested in learning about underwater archaeology. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is hosting a rigorous three-week program that offers a mix of both instruction and hands-on underwater archaeological research.  The diving sessions will teach practical underwater skills using both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology on an historic shipwreck. Through additional lecture, students will have the opportunity to study legal issues in archaeology, to learn about local history, and to participate in artifact conservation.

The site to be worked on is an 89-foot unknown wooden vessel located in Basin Harbor. Beyond the wooden hull remains, artifacts found on site include glass bottles, iron spikes and other iron fasteners. The identity and time period of the wreck are still unknown. Come help us solve the mysteries of the Basin Harbor wreck!

2017 Field School


Students must be SCUBA-certified
Students must have dive insurance
Students must have current CPR and First Aid certifications

Application Forms and Fees


The fee for field school is $2525.00. A deposit of $250.00 is due upon acceptance and the remainder is due on the first day of class; all fees are payable to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This fee includes food, air fills, classroom and laboratory fees. The deposit and the remaining balance may be paid with check or credit card.

Optional graduate or undergraduate credit, 3 credit hours, is available through Castleton University. The cost of tuition is $450.00.

Students must provide their own dive gear for early season cold water diving. This includes mask, fins, snorkel, thermal protection (7mm wetsuit or drysuit), hood, booties, gloves, BCD, regulators, depth gauge, and timing device. Rentals can be arranged with help from LCMM staff with the local dive shop, Waterfront Diving Center.

Students must provide their own transportation to and from Vermont. Arrangements can be made for pick-up from the local airports. If necessary, please contact the Field School Coordinator. Students are also responsible for the required diving insurance, diving medical exam and CPR/First Aid before the start of the course.

Please download the application package, which consists of four one-page forms, and complete either digitally or by hand. When finished, please send to Allyson Ropp by email, or regular mail:

Allyson Ropp
Field School Coordinator
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Road
Vergennes, VT 05491
Phone: (802) 475-2022 ext 110

If you have any further questions, please call or email Allyson at