MAS Annual Meeting February 10-11, 2018
Barbey Maritime Center in Astoria, OR

MAS will hold its annual meeting of the membership at the beautiful Barbey Maritime Center, which is part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum (CRMM), in Astoria. We are so grateful to our partners and friends at CRMM for donating the use of this facility.

Please join us for two days filled with exciting presentations, including updates on our many maritime archeology projects, and member training opportunities. The business meeting and keynote address are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The training sessions and tour are for MAS members only. We will be happy to accept your new or renewing membership applications at the meeting.

Please let us know if you have any questions:


This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Loren G. Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology at OSU, Executive Director, Keystone Archaeological Research Fund Director, Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory.  In his talk, “The Ongoing Search for the First Americans: Perspectives from Western North America,” Dr. Davis will discuss ongoing and future research efforts to discover and study first Americans sites in Oregon’s offshore waters and in the Baja California peninsula.

The archaeological record is comprised of artifacts, often found buried in archaeological sites, which reveal patterns of past human cognition and behavior. Archaeological evidence indicates that humans were present in the Americas by at least 14,500 years ago and most probably initially migrated from northeast Asia during the last glacial period.  The initial timing and route of entry into the Americas is not clearly understood; however, efforts to discover, excavate, and interpret early archaeological evidence of the first Americans continue to reveal important information about this exciting chapter of human history.

Saturday, 10 Feb 2018

9:00-9:15                  Opening by President – Chris
9:15-9:30                  2017 Beeswax Wreck Project (BWP) Ops – Chris
9:30-10:00                Shipwreck Survey Project and Shipwreck Research updates
10:00-10:15              Break
10:15-10:45              Next year’s plans
10:30-10:45              Big Anchor Project (BAP)
10:45-11:00              Break
11:00-12:00              Keynote Speaker – Dr. Loren Davis
12:00-1:30                Lunch Break
1:30-2:30                 Tour Columbia Lightship

Sunday, 11 Feb 2018
9:00-10:15                Basic training program
10:15-12:pm             Survey training (classroom)


Member education classes will focus on qualifying our members for volunteer projects and positions. All members receive the introduction module and additional training for specific jobs.

Basic Training 
These lessons are required for all members who participate in MAS research or operational activities. Topics include an intro to Archaeology, intro to Maritime Archaeology, and Maritime Archaeology Laws and Regulations

Shipwreck Field Survey (non-diving)
This class covers the basics of shore-based shipwreck survey procedures.
*This class is a prerequisite for the Survey Diver pool training.
  • Archaeological Site Safety
  • Navigation and Grid Systems
  • Ship Construction Fundamentals
  • Archaeological Recording and Survey
  • Archaeological Photography and GIS
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