Anthropology, Maritime Archaeology (MA)

What is An Anthropology, Maritime Archaeology (MA) Degree?

Anthropology looks at societies and cultures all over the world, looking at how they began and how they continue.  Archaeologists look at old, usually buried stuff, remnants of previous cultures; some study how people have evolved and changed over centuries, and some focus on how the people in societies make their decisions and talk to each other now. Maritime archaeologists look at old stuff that has been left behind by humans in oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams and how humans over tens of thousands of years have interacted with these bodies of water.  So, some of their time is spent diving to the depths of the oceans, and some is spent looking for small artifacts in shallow streams, or other places that may have had water at one time.

For the MA degree program in Maritime Archaeology, you’ll study things like theories and methods in maritime archaeology, research diving techniques, underwater field techniques, and more.  You’ll probably have lots of opportunities for field experiences as an integral part of the program.  You may opt for a motorboat operator course and an internship in the field.

The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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