ADMAT Maritime Archaeological Excavation Project / Volunteers Program in the Dominican Republic

Location: Monte Cristi, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

February 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Session dates: 
Please see the ADMAT web page for multiple dates

Program Type

Field school


Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT) and ADMAT-FRANCE with Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle at Paris, départememt Préhistoire, UMR-CNRS 7194.

Project Director:

Dr. Simon Q. Spooner BSc, MRICS, PhD, MIfA.

Project Description

Latest news:

ADMAT returns to The Tile Wreck in February 1-15  2014 and a new exciting survey starts in July 2014.

ADMAT & ADMAT-FRANCE are running a Maritime Archaeological Project on 1-15 Feb 2014 to continue the Survey work on The Tile Wreck 1720's wreck as well as a new survey of the northern Monte Cristi Reefs in July 2014, in the Dominican Republic. The work is being carried out for the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) the Government department. This project will instruct students survey and exploration techniques as well as documentation of artifacts. This is open for all students or volunteers over 18 years of age, with a minimum qualification of PADI Advanced Open Water / BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent. The project language is English. Two week slots available. Full information about these projects can be found on ADMAT's website. This is a hands on course going through the process of artefact documentation working on the artefacts from The Tile Wreck. For further information on this and other projects, please look at ADMAT's website


Period(s) of Occupation: A.D. 1650 - 1800

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks for diving one week for artefact handling courses

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No previous archaeological experience is required for student or volunteer team members, but applicants must speak English and be qualified divers to the level of PADI Advanced Open Water or the equivalent.

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodation will be at ADMAT's Maritime Archaeological Centre in Monte Cristi. Full board included. Additional information is available on the project website.

See web site

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Dr. Simon Q. Spooner
Anglo-Danish Maritime Archaeological Team (ADMAT)
Canada office
Nova Scotia
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Recommended Bibliography: 

J. Richard Steffy, Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks, 1994, 1998, College Station, Texas