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Engraving of Penetanguishine Military Base and ships sailing in harbour, 1818


Maritime Archaeology

Updated 17 January 2019

Information Session

  • Monday, 21st January 2019
  • 12:00noon to 1:00pm
  • DNA-C 233


Aerial view of Discovery HarbourANTH-3165H Maritime Archaeology is being offered in cooperation with Discovery Harbour (Huronia Historical Parks) in Penetanguishene, Ontario. The course introduces students to the archaeology of human interaction with water, focusing mainly on ships and related infrastructure (wharfs, docks and harbours).

  • There is no prerequisite for this course.
  • The course does not have a SCUBA component.

We use the facilities and museums in Huronia Parks, including the remains of HMS Tecumseth and its replica (pictured). Students gain hands-on experience in ship anatomy, recording of ship architecture, and the archaeology of harbour infrastructure. The course fee does not include room and board, although on-site accommodation is available at a modest additional cost.


  • Compulsory online learning component begins Sunday May 12 (to be completed before June 2).
  • Compulsory field component begins Sunday June 2 and concludes Sunday June 9.


Note: An enrollment of 15 students is needed for the course to run. Deadline for enrollment limit is April 30th. If 15 students are not enrolled in the course by this date, it will be cancelled.

Information for Non-Degree Students

If you are interested in this course and are not currently enrolled as a student, you may apply to audit the course. Reduced fees are applied. Instructions will be posted soon.

Course enrollment is by permission of instructor.


Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene


In addition to the Trent University summer fee for a 0.5 credit course (the 2017 fee was $717.04, the 2019 fee when available will be posted here https://www.trentu.ca/studentfinances/peterborough-summer-2019 ) there is a $200 non-refundable supplementary fee to cover course supplies. This can be paid by cheque or cash (cheques made payable to "Trent University").



For more information

Please contact James Conolly, Anthropology Department Chair, at jamesconolly@trentu.ca

Schematic of the HMS Tecumseth, 1815