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Wet, Wet, Wet!

This month Gemma White came to talk to us about the work of the Coastal and Marine Department at Wessex Archaeology.

She explained why it is important to look underwater and we found out what sort of things the divers find. In fact we found a few objects ourselves!

We had a go at indentifying a whole range of finds – from fossils to bits of aeroplane.

Finally we made our own underwater seascapes, with fish, wrecks and divers.

Gemma works on a project called Time Travelling by Water and you can find out more about it on her website.

Thanks for coming Gemma, we had a great time!

Underwater Archaeology

This month at YAC members learnt about underwater archaeology. Brian and Frank, both divers from Wessex Archaeology, came along to tell them what underwater archaeologists do and show them the equipment that they use. For their first task members were given real nautical charts and had to find and mark with a red dot, all the shipwrecks that were marked on them.

After that they had a go at wearing the heavy weight-belts that the divers have to use and tried on their diving masks. Then with all their new knowledge of underwater archaeology, groups of members took it in turn to ‘dive’ on a shipwreck that had been set up. They used surveying techniques to plan the objects they found on the ‘wreck’ and even plan the outline of the boat. Each team of ‘divers’ only had 10 minutes of oxygen before having to swap over with the next group.

Whilst some were ‘diving’ other members played a game where they had to pretend that they were Roman merchants who had to collect and trade their cargo without being robbed by pirates or shipwrecked. If shipwrecked they had to work out the grid co-ordinates of the wreck site and work out what, if any, of their cargo would be left for archaeologists of the future to find!