Archaeology Courses

Marine Archaeology Side Scan Sonar Course – 24th September 2016


Clio II side scan capture -Annotated

The NAS MAC Introduction to Side Scan Sonar course is now open to professionals working in the maritime industry and students of marine archaeology. The one day course is held in Stromness, Orkney on the 24th September 2016.

Course Aims and Objectives
This introductory course will provide an insight into the equipment, survey
strategies, processing and interpretation of side scan sonar data in maritime
archaeology. During the course, students will learn how to plan and execute a
side scan sonar survey, determining which survey methods are most appropriate in
different situations. They will gain practical experience processing and interpreting the
resulting data and will be made aware of protocols for disseminating the results.
Throughout the course side scan surveys will be considered in light of other survey
strategies available. Practical exercises will take place during the afternoon on both days and will include survey mobilisation, demobilisation, GPS positioning, data collection, data processing and reporting. During the two-day course students will be introduced to:
• Introduction to site types, targets and anomalies –which sites are best suited to
side scan surveys
• Designing a side scan sonar survey project: considerations and survey strategies
• Types of side scan mounts and devices
• Positioning: locating your sites
• Practical: completing a side scan survey
• Overview of other survey data processing packages, focussing in particular on
Sonar Wiz 5 and Max View
• Post processing and interpretation– guidance and recommendations
• Practical: process ing and interpreting survey data
• Reporting and dissemination
Learning Outcomes
• Participants will complete the course with an understanding of the principles and
practice of side scan sonar surveys
• The students will be able to identify the most suitable equipment and survey
strategy appropriate to specific site types and conditions
• The students will have participated in the design and execution of a small side
scan sonar survey
• The student will have undertaken some basic data processing and will be aware of
national guidance for the processing and interpretation of side scan sonar data.
NAS Credit Allocation
10 credits will be awarded to NAS members under the module Fieldwork National Occupational Standards for Archaeology Units:Unit code CU2099: Contribute to non
-intrusive investigations
CIfA Endorsement
This course has been endorsed by the Charted Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) to
count towards the required hours of continual professional development. Please note this timetable is provisional and subject to change
Cost for the course is £150

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