Due to the on-going global situation, this will obviously affect various timings/dates as original published on this website.
We will be updating these following discussions with the parties involved.
(May 2020 Update: Dates have been 'pushed' back one year, so Season #1 will be in 2021, Season #2 in 2022 and now the competition entry closing date is 31 December 2021)
Season #1 (2021)
The Wreck Hunters project starts this year, with a one-month window in the summer, and provides an exciting opportunity for a small team of relatively experienced divers, ideally with some knowledge and experience of performing tasks underwater, to be a part of a diving archaeology team.
There will be availability for all or part of the season, we don’t expect someone to participate for the full one-month period but would suggest a minimum of say two weeks, which is all about generating the archaeological parameters for carrying out a detailed survey of this 18th Century wreck.
The first action of the project as an archaeological enterprise must be to record the “story so far”. The first season’s work will be to do exactly this.
From this we will be able to draw up short , medium- and long-term objectives for the wreck site. These will run hand in hand with the site’s role as an advanced underwater classroom. In the past this activity was called a “pre-disturbance survey”
The activities in the first season will fall into 9 categories:
- Establishing a grid of fixed points as a reference point from which survey measurements can be taken . From these accurate measurements of visible features can be made.
- Establishing a baseline. The placing of a cable / cables that will act a datum line for survey. From which measurements can be taken often using offsets.
- Producing an outline plan of the site. The recording of the relationships between objects/structures is vital in archaeology. An outline plan of the site will record these.
- Determining the orientation of the site. Recording the way, the wreck now lies within the area around it.
- Visible parts of the wreck recorded in detail .The use of planning frames and photography to preserve the record of exposed parts of the wreck
- Producing a contour plan of the wreck site. The use of various methods to record the relative heights across the site.
- Producing a probe survey of the site in order to locate sediments and structures below the surface levels. To assist in the evaluation of the spread of the wreck , state of preservation and depth of burial.
- Sketches of visible structures – to record the apparent stratigraphy of the site.
- Photographic and video recording. As a supplement to and as a reference point for manual records.
A sense of humour is likely to be a valuable asset.
As of January 2020, costs for Season #1 2021 would be approximately £250 (GBP) per week on a self-catering basis – subject to change.
(Update May 2020: Costs to be confirmed nearer the time)
Please click on the link below to open the enquiry form to request information regarding Season #1.