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 cannon: The 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 Shipwrecks: Underwater 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.
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 Archaeology: A 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.
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.