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Week Three

Make your own paper Tudor artefacts

Last week we looked at the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose (Step 2.14 of the Mooc).  For a bit of fun this weekend, why not try and make your own artefacts? Our friends at the Mary Rose Museum have a wonderful collection of paper craft Tudor era artefacts that you can make at home.  All you need is a printer, scissors, glue and a bit of patience! The flagon took about 10 minutes and Henry VIII was at least 30 minutes to make. Continue reading →

Questions on Week 3 Charles Weager (Blackwater, Yateley, Hampshire, UK): I find it interesting that a simple method of changing the sail shape existed. That they could head to within 60degrees of the wind is fascinating. Was this technology available to Medieval ships? Is it lost technology? I had always understood that until the use of Lanteen (Triangular) sails that shipping was seriously restricted hence the need to rely on the trade winds for ocean navigation. Continue reading →

Life of a core sample

Core samples can be gathered from all over the world. Here, core samples are being taken from an intertidal site at Somerset. They can be removed from the ground using a variety of techniques; either hand powered or mechanical in nature. We can take them from dry land, inter-tidal and underwater contexts. Once removed from the site they are taken to the BOSCORF (British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility) Core store at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton. Continue reading →