Season #1 (2021)
Update: March 2021
After reviewing the available information regarding the state of the pandemic and the opportunities for travel , it has been decided to attempt run the project (Season 2021) from 6th September to 1st October 2021.
At the time of writing Honduras has reopened to International flights, although travel via the USA for many nationalities is presently banned. Many countries are not allowing anything but “essential travel” currently. In addition, on arrival in Honduras, there is at present a period of quarantine required.
However, looking forward there is much talk of “vaccine passports” and the provision of quick testing kits, for use at home and at airports. All this should make international travel feasible once again.
The objectives of Season 1 remain unaltered as do the estimated costs. The costs of diving will be kept ( as far as possible ) to a minimum. Participants will be required to contribute towards the cost of hiring tanks and weights and towards “reef tax”. We will provide more clarity on this in due course.
For those wishing to take part we will issue a set of medical and diving questionnaires, along with appropriate disclaimers. In addition, pre-season literature will be forwarded so that participants can gain some idea of the tasks that will be undertaken on site.
Clearly circumstances beyond our control may curtail our plans. If this does occur a full refund of any monies paid to the project will be arranged.
For now, we feel confident that we shall be able to run a diving season as detailed above and look forward to receiving enquiries from interested parties.
The Wreck Hunters project starts in 2021, 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.
For this season, ideally, we would be looking for divers with some of the following ‘land-based’ skills/experience:
- Drawing – Artist/Technical
- Construction Methods
- Medical Training
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 10 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.
10. If possible, carry out an underwater metal detector survey of the site.
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.
Divers will be required to bring their own equipment, except for tanks and weights
(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.