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Senior maritime archaeology

$225 per group (max 15 students)
90 min
11 12
Humanities & Social Science
Senior maritime archaeology

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About the program

This program consists of an A/V presentation, a hands-on workshop and a tour of related shipwreck material in the museum. It introduces the concept of archaeology, outlines the development of maritime archaeology and highlights the specifics of working on a submerged site.

Students examine artefacts from shipwrecks, interpret evidence, investigate the role of maritime archaeologists, conservators and curators, and consider the heritage value of shipwrecks.

Program structure

A/V Presentation

The workshop focuses on four areas of science related to the sea - buoyancy, corrosion, communication and navigation. These are investigated through a series of observations, activities and experiments. Other options may be available dependent on temporary exhibitions.


Students examine artefacts from shipwrecks, investigate archaeological techniques and consider the interpretation of archaeological material. A professional museum conservator presents a session on identifying a range of materials such as bone, metals and fibres and drawing conclusions from the findings (subject to availability).


Students view a range of shipwreck material on display and are required to observe, analyse, hypothesise and justify.


Curriculum references (NSW)

NSW Ancient History Stage 6

Ancient History 8.1

Investigating the Past: History, Archaeology and Science

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 NSW Marine Studies Optional Module 18: Marine Archaeology

Further information

Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in Plan Your School Visit.

  • Program duration: 2 hours includes 10-minute break
  • Entry to exhibitions and vessels: bookings include free entry to museum exhibitions, Action Stations and destroyer HMAS Vampire (a supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies on HMAS Vampire).
  • Location: Peter Doyle Learning Centre, Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney.