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NAS / SPMA Conference 2015


Last weekend, staff from the Coastal & Marine team had an inspirational time at the joint Nautical Archaeology Society and the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Conference in Portsmouth. 
Apart from attending an amazing array of presentations from all around the globe, we also had a display in the break-out area. Copies of our last four Dredged Up newsletters were snapped up by the conference delegates, who were clearly interested to learn about artefacts discovered by the Marine Aggregate industry. A short video showed off our latest work from diving cannon sites off Weymouth to surveying intertidal hulks in North Kent and using photogrammetry to further analyse a wreck site in the Farne Islands. And as always, our Iona II Dive Trail project with Historic England proved a popular topic of conversation with attending archaeologists and wreck enthusiasts. 

2598 Phil Harding excavating HMS Colossus with ADU

President of the Nautical Archaeology Society and Wessex archaeologist Phil Harding popped by our display. He was amused to see footage of himself diving the Colossus wreck in 2000 with Time Team. The footage was digitised earlier in the year as part of our Archaeological Diving Unit cataloguing project for Historic England. 

A big thanks to the Nautical Archaeology Society and the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology for organising a great line-up of speakers and for restoring the traditional beer and skittles social event to reconnect with colleagues! 
By Peta Knott, Archaeologist


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