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Maritime Archaeology

Discussion about ethics in relation to Maritime Archaeology

On Thursday 30th October 2014, the Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds team took part in a Google Hangout on ethics and Maritime Archaeology. This video recording of the hangout features subtitles, and a downloadable transcript is available: Google Hangout on ethics transcript Transcript of discussion on ethics and maritime archaeology Fraser: OK, hello, potentially lots or few people – we really don’t know who is out there. Continue reading →

Your relationship with the Sea.

We want to know about your views on maritime archaeology in your part of the world, whether that’s Britain or Bahrain, Europe or Uruguay. One of the most exciting parts of the MOOC for the team at Southampton is the opportunity to hear more about people’s experience of and views about maritime archaeology and maritime heritage around the world. Continue reading →

Have you found any gold yet? Misconceptions in Maritime Archaeology

Any field of work attracts misconceptions, but the romance and mystery of maritime archaeology provides the perfect bed for a wide range of assumptions about what maritime archaeology covers, what we can learn through the material record and how we go about making discoveries. What we aren’t Maritime archaeology is the study of people’s changing relationship with the sea and connected waterways through material they left behind. Continue reading →

Dutch Schooner the Fenna

Dutch Schooner Fenna lost 11th March 1881. Video footage courtesy of New Forest National Park Authority. With thanks to the Maritime Archaeology Trust (formerly The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology) for the use of their archive footage. The Fenna was a two-masted Dutch schooner of 172 tons constructed of timber in 1863. En route to Italy from the Netherlands, severe weather conditions caused the 18 year old vessel to leak badly. Continue reading →

Material seas

    In the last week I’ve spent an improbably large amount of time thinking about various philosophical conceptions of maritime space. This is due partly to Monday’s British Waters and Beyond: The cultural significance of the sea since 1800 at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, and partly to my increasing obsession with sailing directions. Continue reading →