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New archaeologist in Coastal & Marine Team

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My name is Maddy Fowler and I’m an archaeologist that has just joined the Coastal & Marine team at Wessex Archaeology. I recently completed a PhD in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University, South Australia, and I am a qualified PADI Divemaster.
 
Most of the work I’ve done in maritime archaeology has been on 19th-century shipwrecks in Australia and New Zealand and I hope to bring the technical skills I have gained to British maritime heritage (which is quite different!).
 
During my first week at Wessex Archaeology I have met most of the Coastal & Marine team, completed induction and started to plan the wide array of training I will need to undertake in the coming weeks, including courses in GIS, UXO identification, personal survival techniques (PST), and dry suit diving (something I haven’t had reason for in Australia!). Also, I spent a lot of time familiarising myself with the Protocols for Archaeological Discoveries, especially how to process finds reported through the Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for the Reporting of Finds of Archaeological Interest. I have also been brought up to speed on the Marine Antiquities Scheme which has recently undergone consultation.
 
I look forward to the coming weeks and getting stuck into the nitty gritty of archaeology with the Coastal & Marine team. In particular, my training will continue next week when I join a wharf visit to promote awareness of the Protocol for the Marine Aggregate Industry. I hope that the community-based experience I gained during my PhD with the Narungga Aboriginal community, and a background in teaching archaeology, will help me in the forthcoming community engagement and outreach.
 
 
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