Lycoming College Nautical Archaeology students visit St. Augustine Beach at sunrise, and enjoy a walk along the fishing pier.
The students wrapped up their open-water dive training at Ponce de Leon Springs. While in Florida, the students visited historic St. Augustine, taking in the sights at Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas.
“As a history nerd, I loved seeing St. Augustine — Florida’s oldest, continuously inhabited city,” said Samantha Chovanec, a junior from Blairsville, Pa. “I have always loved the concept of creating or building something the way it was originally done. At LAMP, volunteers are building boats the way people built them in the middle of the 20th century, which shows a great appreciation for the past.”
While on campus, students created field journals and engaged in various hands-on archaeology-related activities such as learning how to read and make maps, locate geocaches, and wash and identify artifacts. They also excavated at a prehistoric American Indian site near the College.
Other members of the Nautical Archaeology class were Junior Christine Almassy of Fredericksburg, Va., Kristina Wetzel, a sophomore from Hanover, Pa., Richard Matel-Galatis, a senior from Hillsborough, N.J., and Darrin Coleman, a junior from Renovo, Pa.
Professor Robin Van Auken taught the course in nautical archaeology, which specifically studies human interaction with the sea, lakes and rivers through the investigation of material culture, shoreside structures and facilities, vessels, cargoes and submerged landscapes.