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Lawrenny Field Schools - 2013

In 2013, MADU were invited by the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) to run an Intertidal Hulk Recording weekend for volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeology Trust (DAT). The weekend was sponsored by Cadw and the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), and took place at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, where there is the substantial remains of a vessel that was known as the Black Mixen Pool Wreck. 

Following research carried out by MADU the full history and story leading up to how this wreck came to have been abandoned at Lawrenny has been uncovered, and the name of the vessel has been revealed to be that of the Helping Hand

The research and weekend field school culminated with a report on the site:

Dyfed Archaeological Trust / Nautical Archaeology Society Intertidal Hulk Recording: Helping Hand, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire 

Volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out an Offset Survey exercise on the wreck of the Helping Hand Volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out an Offset Survey exercise on the wreck of the Helping Hand

Volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out an Offset Survey exercise on the wreck of the Helping Hand

Volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out Planning Frame exercises on the wreck of the Helping Hand at Lawrenny Volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out Planning Frame exercises on the wreck of the Helping Hand at Lawrenny

Volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carrying out Planning Frame exercises on the wreck of the Helping Hand at Lawrenny

A Plane Table survey exercise being carried on the wreck of the Helping Hand A Plane Table survey exercise being carried on the wreck of the Helping Hand

Using a Plane Table on the wreck of the Helping Hand

The Port Side of the Helping Hand

The Port Side of the Helping Hand

The Starboard Side of the Helping Hand

The Starboard Side of the Helping Hand

Since the Hulk Recording Weekend with the DAT volunteers in March 2013, MADU returned to Lawrenny in September 2013 to carry out a NAS E-learning recording and surveying weekend on the Helping Hand. 

NAS 2D E-learning practical surveying exercises NAS 2D E-learning practical surveying exercises

NAS E-learning practical 2D surveying exercises

E-learning practical planning frame exercises Constructing a site plan from planning frame

E-learning practical planning frame exercises

Constructing a site plan from planning frame drawings

NAS 3D E-learning practical surveying exercises NAS 3D E-learning practical surveying exercises

NAS E-learning practical 3D surveying exercises

  NAS 3D E-learning practical surveying exercises    NAS 3D E-learning practical surveying exercises

  NAS E-learning practical 3D surveying exercises  

For further information regarding E-learning Recording & Surveying Skills Day Courses run by the Nautical Archaeology Society see the NAS web site: Nautical Archaeology Society 

Reference Links:

For further information see the following article:

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

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