Over the last weekend, members of our team joined industry colleagues for the Nautical Archaeology Society conference. This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the conference was held entirely virtually on Pheedloop. The platform enabled conference delegates to view presentations from around the world (including Australia, Sweden, Canada and America), while also being able to chat with other delegates and visit virtual stands.  

Attending the Nautical Archaeology Society Conference 2020 Attending the Nautical Archaeology Society Conference 2020

We showcased our recent Coastal & Marine work, including the recovery of the Barracuda aircraft remains for the IFA2 project and our work on offshore wind farm projects, as well as a downloadable copy of the latest Dredged Up newsletter for the Marine Aggregate Industry Archaeological Protocol.   

A particular highlight was a lecture by Dr. Deb Shefi, who used to work in our Coastal & Marine team and is now Curator at the Western Australian Museum. Her talk summarised the work on the Batavia shipwreck and neighbouring islands over the last six decades. 

A lecture from Dr. Deb Shefi

It was also fantastic to hear about the conservation work being undertaken by Angela Middleton of Historic England and her colleagues on the finds from the London, a ship launched in 1656 that was accidentally blown up and sank in the Thames Estuary in March 1665.  The London is being monitored by Licensee Steven Ellis of the London Shipwreck Trust. Back in 2007, Wessex Archaeology surveyed the ship for the DP World London Gateway Project. The site was designated in 2008, and we continued to survey the site from 2009 to 2012. 

Thanks to the NAS for a fantastic event, bringing the industry together to share ideas and look to the future.