The 10th Anniversary edition of Dredged Up, the newsletter for the Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol, is now available online and in a wharf, tea room or dredging vessel near you! The 17th issue of Dredged Up celebrates 10 years of archaeological finds being reported through the Protocol with key participants of the Implementation Team reminiscing over their favourite dredging finds, which range from prehistoric animal remains to World War II aircraft parts.
This edition of the newsletter also features the 3-D recording and examination of an artefact that always proves a favourite on wharf awareness visits. It is remarkable how this delicate ceramic relish pot (CEMEX_0207) came to be underwater off the Isle of Wight sometime in the early 19th century and then survived being dredged up in the early 21st century. Graham Singleton at Cemex’s Portslade Wharf, East Sussex spotted and reported it in March 2009 before sending it to Wessex for further research, where it has become a key artefact in the Protocol Awareness collection.
We recently revisited this find to learn more about it and share it with a wider audience. Now, courtesy of a sixth-form work experience student, Philippa Murrison, this pale blue earthenware pot with polychrome transfer decoration, can be admired by people throughout cyberspace.
The relish pot has been recorded by multi-image photogrammetry and turned into a 3-D model which can be rotated and zoomed into at the viewer’s will. This also allows researchers to examine the find in more detail without handling it which can lead to damage.
Learn about this remarkable dredging find and more in the latest Dredged Up Newsletter (Issue 17) follow this link