This education module will help middle school and high school students learn about marine archaeology and shipwrecks. When you click on an image, the information will be on the right. Be sure to click on the hyperlinks to go to other websites for more learning.

Shipwreck Facts

Learn some interesting facts about shipwrecks and marine archaeology! You can learn more marine archaeology and ocean facts here.


Enjoy a selection of videos edited by GFOE videographers on shipwrecks, archaeology, and historical discoveries. Click the 3-dot icon in the upper right of the video to see the full playlist. The last video of the playlist is a webinar on the Bonhomme Richard. You can view additional videos here.

Shipwreck Essays

A selection of essays written by maritime archaeologists and marine scientists. These essays are generally written at an 8th grade reading level. You can read more essays on marine archaeology from NOAA here.

Marine Archaeology Careers

Are you interested in studying shipwrecks? From uncovering historical mysteries to diving the ocean depths, marine archaeology provides the opportunity to merge history, culture, and science together. You can explore other ocean and marine archaeological careers through NOAA here.

Think About It

  1. Why is it important to preserve and study shipwrecks?
  2. What do you think is the most fascinating aspect of shipwrecks and why?