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RIMAP membership and training are open to the general public interested in maritime history and marine archaeology.  Membership is required to take our training, and our training is required to volunteer.  Written confirmation will be sent to all students and volunteers on a first-come basis, and final instructions will be issued a few days before each date.  
Volunteers are assigned on a first-come basis.  All must fill out RIMAP's medical form and sign the RIMAP Liability Release and Confidentiality Statements.  All divers must be certified and bring their own gear that is in good working order, and RIMAP will provide all archaeological equipment.  Non-divers will be accepted as assistants for diving  teams on a space-available basis.  Diving fieldwork is cancelled in the case of bad weather.  Artifact management activities and historical research are by special arrangement at (401) 253-2094. 

All RIMAP fieldwork volunteers are encouraged to complete an approved safe boating course, sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Power Squadron, or RI Department of Environmental Management. 

You may pay for your membership and class fees by using the PayPal button on the Home Page. 
Or you can download, print, and fill out the forms and send your check to the snail mail address at:
RIMAP,  Box 1492,  Newport, RI 02840. 
Please make all checks out to RIMAP.

For more information, please contact us at: or by phone at (401) 253-2094

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Download the form here:  2017 Membership Application.docx2017 Membership Application.docx 

Or copy and print this version:

RIMAP Membership is open to all who agree with our Mission Statement and Goals.  
Name__________________________________  Diver ___ Non-diver ___
City_____________  State___  ZIP_________  Phone_________________ 
E-mail  _____________________________________________________
I enclose my Membership fee:  $  25.00          
I enclose an extra donation of: $ ______

                                       Total:  $______

Note:  RIMAP is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization and any extra donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
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RIMAP's qualified volunteers will receive notification and application for the 2017 fieldwork season when those dates are set. Volunteers for non-fieldwork activities are specially scheduled. 

Note: Our fieldwork schedule tries to avoid holidays and the music festivals at Fort Adams where some of our work is done and where we often launch our research vessel. In general, the tasks and specific sites studied each year can't be determined until closer to each date because such decisions depend on weather, research vessel availability, and the skill levels of the volunteers signed up for that particular day. We recommend that you do a full week, or both days of a weekend, if you can, in order to provide continuity to the team.

Written confirmation with times, locations and final instructions will be sent to all volunteers and assignments will be on a first-come basis. Please register by Wednesday before each weekend session. If there are not enough qualified volunteers for any of the sessions, then it must be cancelled.

Current RIMAP membership and completion of RIMAP's Introduction to Underwater Archaeology class (or special advanced standing) are required for fieldwork participation, and divers new to the RIMAP program must do a checkout dive. Non-diving activities are by special arrangement and are based on specific volunteer skills. 

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Note: As a volunteer becomes an increasingly experienced avocational archaeologist, RIMAP may assign him/her to act as "Site Manager" under the direction of the professional staff, to help with the leadership in the study of a particular site.  RIMAP volunteers who attend the Annual Meeting are presented with an embroidered patch that features the RIMAP logo. And each year at the Annual Meeting a "Volunteer of the Year" is presented with a special plaque. These have been:

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2000 - John Hoagland

​"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2001 - Debby Dwyer

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2002 - Sprague Theobald

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2003 - Steve Bastien II

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2004 - Paul Wynn

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2005 - Butch Cormier

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2006 - John Burke

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2007 - Greg Silpe

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2008 - Micki Musselman

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2009 - Harry Anderson

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2010 - John Hoagland as BOD President

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2011 - Linda and Bill Jenkins

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2012 - Claudette Weissinger

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year ​2013 - Rebekah Lotz

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2014 - Gregory DeAscentis

"Volunteer of the Year" for the year 2015 - Joe McNamara

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A downloadable 2017 class schedule will be posted here soon.

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The locations for all RIMAP will be announced on the application and on this website. Pre-registration is recommended.
RIMAP will provide all training materials, but students should bring whatever they use to take notes.  RIMAP will provide, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and treats, but students staying for the whole day should bring their own lunches or prepare to take the hour break to visit nearby restaurants.
RIMAP owns all the intellectual property generated by its activities, including video and photographs of the training.  Students will not be allowed to take such images and  use them for their own purposes. 

Introduction to Marine Archaeology:  How archaeologists work, including remote sensing, field methods, legal issues, field documentation, and RIMAP protocols. A day-long class open to the general public; required for all RIMAP volunteer participation. Fee: $50


NOTE: These classes are 2-3 hour-long introductions to specialty topics. 
Triage Artifact Conservation is an in-depth weekend-long class. 
Fees generally $25 but vary, depending on length of class and materials.

Artifact Management for Archaeologists: How to document, track, and take responsibility for artifacts and samples retrieved from archaeological sites. Recommended for those interested to help with RIMAP's artifact collection. 

How Stone Tools are Made: The basics of this early  technology, how the tools are made, how they are used, and what they can tell us about early cultures. General interest and for Native American interest.

How to measure a cannonThe archaeological surveying of 18th Century British artillery found on land and underwater, with practicum on a local Revolutionary War cannon. A specialty topic for those interested in ordnance and its history. 

Measured Drawing of Artifacts for Archaeologists: How to prepare professional quality drawings of archaeological specimens for general documentation and publication.  Recommended for those interested to help with RIMAP's artifact collection. 

Museum Theory for Historians and Archaeologists - Special added session on RIMAP's long range plans for Butts Hill Fort: Ethics and museum management.  Also introduces what RIMAP will need to know as we build an artifact management facility and museum.  General interest. 

Rhode Island in the Revolution: Why RI was pivotal to the Patriot success in the Revolutionary War, why the smallest state is usually overlooked in general histories of the war, and what RIMAP is doing to share that exciting history with the general public.  General interest. 

Sharing ShipwrecksUnderwater preserves and other ways to enjoy our submerged cultural heritage. Why that heritage preservation is important and how it relates to the public. General Interest, and especially those interest in heritage tourism. 

Site Mapping in Marine Archaeology: How to collect and interpret archaeological data.  Part I introduces the selection of a site datum, installation of baselines, linear, circular, and pendulum searches.  Part II introduces the installation of grids and drawing from them.  Both classes demonstrate how to interpret field data and to create simple site maps. Highly recommended for those who wish to participate in diving fieldwork.

Star Trek and Capt. Cook: How the original Star Trek story was based on Capt. James Cook's 18th-century exploits. Includes discussion the many parallels and how the media translates reality into fiction. 

Submerged Terrestrial ArchaeologyA discussion of precontact sites to be found in Rhode Island waters, and what marine archaeology contributes to their understanding. General interest and for Native American interest.

Traditional Ship Construction for Archaeologists: What you need to know about how boats are built in order to interpret historic marine sites, including metal and modern materials, but focussed on wood and traditional techniques.  Recommended for those who wish to participate in diving fieldwork.

Triage Artifact Conservation: The basics of artifact management & how to stabilize different types of water-logged materials for study, storage & display. This is a two-day course with hands-on practicum using cultural materials from RIMAP sites.​

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