maritime archaeology

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Excavating the CA archive: maritime archaeology

Joe Flatman explores half a century of reports from the past. A selection of articles mentioned by Joe Flatman in this month’s column below can be accessed for free for one month via Exact Editions, from 4 January.

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Review – Pudding Pan: a Roman shipwreck and its cargo in context

Michael Walsh The British Museum, £40.00 ISBN 978-0861592029 Review Edward Biddulph People have been collecting Samian pottery off the coast of Whitstable in Kent at least since the 18th century. The pottery may even have inspired the name of Pudding Pan, the area of the seabed from which much of the pottery has been recovered. […]

We die like brothers

Review – We Die Like Brothers: The Sinking of the SS Mendi

John Gribble and Graham Scott Historic England, £17.99 ISBN 978-1848023697 Review Antony Firth Most seagoing voyages are lost to time, leaving hardly a trace on the ever-moving oceans. Even the documentary records of a successful voyage will barely raise a ripple among the archives. This would also have been true of the steamship Mendi – […]

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Protecting historic wrecks

Two shipwreck sites spanning some 300 years and lying 280 miles apart have been safeguarded under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. Off Chesil Beach in Dorset, the remains of two vessels 200m apart were found by divers from the Weymouth-based Shipwreck Project in 2010. Thought to be wooden merchant vessels, they held 15 cast-iron […]

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Rescuing the Rooswijk

An international team of maritime archaeologists is working to excavate and record the remains of the Rooswijk, an at-risk Dutch wreck off the coast of Kent. The vessel was built in Amsterdam for the Dutch East India Company in 1737, but sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands in 1740 while sailing for Batavia (modern Jakarta). […]

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Brunswick wreck identified in Bristol Port

The remains of a cargo ship wrecked in the Bristol Channel over 100 years ago have been identified during routine survey. The entire buoyed channel of the Bristol Port Company’s statutory harbour area is surveyed in full over a three-year period, and the area for investigation in 2017 was the Bristol Deep, off the coast […]

Underwater Archaeology

Maritime and Coastal Archaeology

The dramatic emergence of the Mary Rose from the bottom of the sea off Portsmouth in 1982 inspired many an archaeologist to enroll in diving lessons (see CA 218). However, maritime archaeologists also study submerged cultural environments and coastal settlements, as well as ships, ports and harbours, to set them within the relevant socio-political context. […]