receive inquiries from people interested in pursuing graduate work in
deep water archaeology. Here are answers to some of the questions we field
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
Q - How can I work with
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.
also have worked with DeepArch, either while in residence at MIT or
in a less formal relationship.
Q - Where can I study underwater
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.