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We often receive inquiries from people interested in pursuing graduate work in deep water archaeology. Here are answers to some of the questions we field regularly.

Q - Does MIT offer a degree in Deep Water Archaeology?

A - No. There is no strictly-defined archaeology degree offered at MIT.

DeepArch is a research group not an academic department, and therefore does not confer degrees. DeepArch is composed primarily of scholars from various MIT academic departments, one of which is the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS). DeepArch leader David Mindell is Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; STS is his home department. To date, students involved with DeepArch are from Course 2 (Mechanical Engineering), Course 6 (Electrical Engineering / Computer Science), Course 13 (Ocean Engineering), and STS.

The scholars working with DeepArch do so in addition to their own research within their home departments. Often there is overlap: a PhD dissertation on, say, a technical system or algorithm for precision navigation may be field tested during an at-sea DeepArch project.

Course 3 (Materials Science and Engineering) maintains the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, which does offer degrees in Archaeological Materials. Check their web site for details.

Q - How can I work with DeepArch?

A - One way is to become a graduate student at MIT. If you are interested in pursuing graduate work in any of the fields offered at MIT, apply for an advanced degree. Once accepted as a graduate student at the Institute, there is a possibility that you may be able to work with DeepArch.

Postdoctoral researchers also have worked with DeepArch, either while in residence at MIT or in a less formal relationship.

Q - Where can I study underwater archaeology?

A - There are several institutions that offer degrees in archaeology with a maritime focus. Universities in Australia, Denmark, Israel, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, and many other countries have programs. An internet search for "underwater archaeology" and "degree programs" will give you a better idea of where to look.

One current DeepArch team member earned a Master of Science in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, England. Another DeepArch team member is currently studying Maritime Archaeology at Southampton.



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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Cambridge, MA 02139




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