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Talk on Maritime Archaeology
Talk on Maritime Archaeology in Macclesfield (photo Mel Taylor)

Since its formation in 1997, MADU have maintained a close working relationship with the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS), and several members of MADU are NAS Tutors including a Senior Tutor and the NAS Regional Co-ordinator for Wales.

In this guise, MADU provide talks and presentations on a variety of subjects relating to Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, as well as running NAS Field Schools and Training Courses at all levels.

Working in the classroom at Capernwray Students Learning to Survey & Record Underwater
Analysing site data in the classroom at Capernwray (photo Matt Cass) Students learning to record and survey underwater 
Underwater surveying Intertidal Surveying on the River Thames

Carrying out an underwater surveying exersise

Recording timbers on the banks of the River Thames at Rotherhithe

Courses MADU offer include:

Old NAS Courses:

Introduction to Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (1-day taster theory and practical courses).

NAS Part I Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology (2-day theory and practical courses), (see reference 1. & 2. below).

NAS Part II Intermediate Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology practical survey field schools (see reference 3. below).  For field work projects MADU has assisted with see Project Reports.

NAS Part III Advanced Certificate in Foreshore & Underwater Archaeology specialist courses, including:

New NAS Courses:

Underwater & Intertidal Recorder Skills Days (1-day practical recording field schools).

Underwater & Intertidal Surveyor Skills Days (1 or 2-day practical 2D surveying field schools).

Maritime Archaeology Courses (MAC's). These are specialist courses that MADU offer in:

Since the spread of Covid-19 in 2020, MADU have also been able to offer a selection of specialist on-line MAC's, including:

Other Courses:

BSAC First Class Diver Course.

Surveying on an Intertidal Site at Rotherhithe on the River Thames Offset Surveying at an Intertidal Site at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire Divers being debriefed

Surveying an Intertidal Site at Rotherhithe on the River Thames

Surveying at an Intertidal Site at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire

Divers being debriefed
after a surveying dive at Capernwray

The NAS have been running training in Maritime Archaeology since 1986, and MADU have been providing talks, presentations & exhibitions, running courses and field schools on behalf of NAS both in the UK and abroad since 2005.  Venues MADU has visited have include:

A: Abercastle, Abersoch, Aberystwyth, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Acocks Green (Birmingham), Ainsdale, Amesbury, Ammanford, Anfeh (Lebanon), Avebury,

B: Barmouth, Barry, Bath, Billingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Borth, Bowers Harbor (USA), Brecon, Bristol,

C: Callow End, Capernwray, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Cefn Sidan (Pembrey), Cheddar, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Chorley cum Hardy (Manchester), Clydach, Conwy, Cromhall,

D: Dor (Israel), Dursley,

E: Elk Rapids (USA), Empire (USA),

F: Freshwater West,

G: Glen Haven (USA), Gloucester, Good Harbor Bay (USA),

H: Harlech, Hartlepool, Hasguard Cross, Holyhead (Anglesey),



K: Kidwelly, Kilnsey, Knightsbridge Green,

L: Lampeter, Lawrenny (see reference 5. below), Leys Beach, Lincoln, Liverpool, Llanbedrog, Llandudno, Llanelli, Llangorse, Llantwit Major,

M: Macclesfield, Malvern, Marros Sands, Mathry, Menai Bridge, Middleton (Manchester), Mission Point (USA), Moelfre (Anglesey), Much Marcle, Mumbles,

N: Newport, Northport (USA), Norwich, Norwood (USA),

O: Omena (USA),

P: Pembroke Dock, Plas Menai, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Port Talbot, Purton,


R: Raglan, Ramsgate, Rhosneigr (Anglesey), Rotherhithe (London),

S: Shell Island, Sidon (Lebanon), Skegemog Point (USA), Sleeping Bear Point (USA), Solihull (Birmingham), Stockport (Manchester), Stonehenge, Stoney Cove, Stroud, Sully Island, Swansea, Suttons Bay (USA),

T: Traeth Bychan (Anglesey), Traverse City (USA) (see reference 6. below),


V: Valley (Anglesey), Vobster, 

W: Welshpool, West Kennett, Whitchurch, Whitefield (Manchester), Worcester, Worm's Head, Wrexham,


Y: Ynyslas,

Z: Zadar (Croatia), Zaton (Croatia)

If you are interested in having a talk, presentation, course or field school run for your club or organisation, please contact us for further information.

Reference Links:

1. An article Surveying the Thora by Simon Read can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Autumn 2014, page 13).

2. An article Non-Diver's Perspective of the NAS Part I Course by Janet Presley can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Spring 2011, page 14).

3. An article Sharpness Hulks Under Scrutiny by Sue Barker, Matt Cass, Mary Harvey & Rhys Pockett can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Winter 2008, page 13).

4. An article At Purton for an Intertidal Survey by Alice Day can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Summer 2014, pages 10-11).

5. An article The NAS in South-West Wales by Alice Day can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (Autumn 2013, page 8).

6. A video Nautical Archaeology International Field School: NMC 2014 (produced by Christine Williams) can be viewed at: NAS/NMC.  

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