Treasure hunt

Attending the school from Florida, Kristin Sweeting analyzes a rigging component from the British ship ‘HMS Invincible.’ 
Photo Jeff Kessler

By Jeffray N. Kessler - Grand Traverse Insider

Day one of the 2012 International Nautical Archaeology Field School was described by Dr. Mark Holley as “basic training.”

This is the third time Northwestern Michigan College has hosted the two-week event, and there is a reason for it.

“NMC is unique in that it is the only academic Nautical Archaeological Society in the United States.

We are the only school that teaches freshwater underwater archaeology on the great lakes,” explained Holley.

For the next two weeks, Traverse City – and particularly the college – becomes the world vortex of nautical exploration education, including the latest in research and technology advances.

Students come from across the country and cover a broad range of interests and ages. They are exposed to a variety of research disciplines and an international faculty of experts.

Kristin Sweeting is one of this year’s students. She talked about her reasons for coming up from Florida for the school.

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