Projects

Below is a list of some of the Projects in which MADU has been involved, & hopefully been of some assistance:-

"Helping Hand" on the foreshore at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire

The Helping Hand on the Foreshore at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire

Year 

 Projects

 Description

 2016

Abu Dhabi

Help with running the first NAS Course in the United Arab Emirates.  The course was set up and hosted by the Al Mahara Diving Centre in Abu Dhabi.  The 3-day underwater course was based on the E-learning Recorder & Surveyor Skills Days, with the underwater practical exercises being carried out on an Old Cement Barge.   

 2016

 Ceredigion Archaeology Day 2016

Presentation of a joint paper with James Meek, Head of Dyfed Archaeological Trusts (DAT) Archaeological Services at the DAT annual Archaeology Day in Aberystwyth.  The paper was titled:  Ynyslas Slate Wrecks: the highs and lows of recording an intertidal shipwreck.

 2016

 Communities First Clusters

A study to investigate the possibilities of using maritime heritage to engage people from 5 Communities First Cluster Areas in South Wales.  The work concluded with the production of a report: Study to Investigate the Possibility of using Maritime Heritage Sites to Create Community Archaeological Projects within Communities First Cluster Areas of South Wales. 

2015

Llandudno Recording Field School 

Visit to Llandudno to run a two day course on Intertidal Recording for volunteers from the Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum who are looking to record a variety of sites on Llandudno's North Shore. 

 2015 

 Michigan
Field School

 

Help with the running of another 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school in Traverse City, Michigan.  The event was again based at the Northwestern Michigan College, with students attending from various parts of America, Canada and Switzerland.  This year the main fieldwork activities centred around a couple of small steam boats and the remains of an old pier structure that lie in shallow water just off the harbour at Northport, and the remains of a Native American chert mine at Norwood that is now partially underwater. 

 2015 

Ynyslas Monitoring &  Recording of Hulk 3

 

Re-visit Ynyslas on the south bank of the Afon Dyfi (River Dovey) in Ceredigion with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT).  The aim was to continue with the monitoring of the Afon Leri bank which is eroding and exposing the remains of Hulk 3 and to assist DAT with their Monitoring and Recording of the exposed timbers on the wreck.  The work concluded with the production of a report: Monitoring and Recoding the Scheduled Hulk Number 3 on Ynyslas Beach, Ceredigion (June 2015).  

2015

Star of Hope Recording
Field School

Help with the running of a weekend hulk recording field school for volunteers from the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership on the intertidal wreck of the Star of Hope on Ainsdale Sands in Lancashire.

2015

Leys Beach  Hulk Recording
Field School

Help with the running of a weekend hulk recording field school for volunteers from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (G-GAT) on an intertidal wreck on Leys Beach in South Glamorgan.

2014

 Llandudno Recording Field School 

An evening talk was provided on Maritime Archaeology at the Llandudno Town Hall, followed by an intertidal recording field school weekend for volunteers from the Ships' Timbers Maritime Museum.  The course took place at a site on West Beach, Llandudno that looks to be a timber culvert, sluice or drainage channel. For further information on the weekend, have a look at the Ships' Timbers blog: The Ships' Timbers blog on the weekend.  

2014

Ynyslas
Wreck Investigation

Visit to Ynyslas on the south bank of the Afon Dyfi (River Dovey) in Ceredigion with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT).  The aim was to continue with the monitoring of the Afon Leri bank which is eroding and exposing the remains of Hulk 3.  We also attempted to discover the extent of Hulk 2 that may be burried beneath the beach, and to assisted DAT with their work on the site.  The work concluded with the production of a report: Monitoring and Recoding of the Scheduled Hulks on Ynyslas Beach, Ceredigion.  

 2014 

Michigan
Field School

Help with the running of another 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school in Traverse City, Michigan.  The event was based at the Northwestern Michigan College, with students attending from various parts of America and beyond. 

 2014 

 Holyhead Field School (Thora)

NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises on the hulk of the Thora in the intertidal zone at Valley on Anglesey, North Wales.

 2014 

P38 "Maid of Harlech"

Weekend visit to Harlech in north Wales and the production of a report: Survey and Recording of the Lockheed P38F Lightning "Maid of Harlech"

 2014 

 

Marros Sands Wreck 

Visit to South Wales to inspect a wreck uncovered by storms and the production of a report: Survey and Recording of a Shipwreck on Marros Sands, Carmarthenshire

2014

Freshwater West Beach Wreck

Visit to South Wales to inspect a wreck uncovered by storms and the production of a report: Survey and Recording of a Shipwreck on Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire

 2014 

Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project

Production of a report for NAS/Cadw:  Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: Year Two of the Trial Running of Maritime Archaeological Projects on Slate Wrecks in Wales by Engaging Individual Dive Clubs and Recreational Divers

2013

Lawrenny Field School (Helping Hand)

NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises on the hulk of the Helping Hands in the intertidal zone at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.

 2013 

Holyhead Field School (Thora)

NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises on the hulk of the Thora in the intertidal zone at Valley on Anglesey, North Wales.

 2013 

Rotherhithe Field School

NAS E-learning 2D & 3D practical surveying exercises in the intertidal zone of the River Thames at Rotherhithe in London in conjunction with the Thames Discovery Project.

 2013 

Michigan Student's UK
Field School

Organising and running a 12-day field school taking students from the Northwestern Michigan College in America and the UK on a Maritime Archaeological tour of Wales and England including the running of 5 NAS Part III Courses.

The field school concluded with an additional 5-day trip to Wharfdale to work on a late Roman iron age site with the Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust.   

 2013 

Lawrenny Hulk Recording Field School

Weekend hulk recording field school for volunteers from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) on an intertidal wreck at Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire.  The weekend culminated in the wreck being identified as the Helping Hand and a report:  Dyfed Archaeological Trust / Nautical Archaeology Society: Intertidal Hulk Recording

2013

SHA
Conference

Presentation of a joint paper:  Cultivating the Next Generation of Maritime Archaeologists: An Anglo/American Approach at the annual Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Conference at Leicester University with Dr. Mark Holley from Northwestern Michigan College.

 2013 

E-learning
Field School 

Production of a report for NAS:  Scoping Study to Identify Maritime Sites in Wales Suitable for Training NAS E-Learning Students in Practical Surveying

2012
to
 2014 

Ynyslas Wreck Conservation 

A MADU in house project undertaken following the realisation that one of three intertidal hulks on the beach at Ynyslas is emerging from the bank of the Afon Leri and that material from the wreck is being lost on every tide.

The wrecks were bought to the attention of Cadw who subsequently scheduled them under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979).

A report:  Proposals for the Conservation of the Wooden Vessel Emerging from the Bank of the Afon Leri at Ynyslas was prepared for Cadw, and the wreck has been adopted by MADU under the NAS "Adopt-a-Wreck" Scheme.

2012

 

Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project

Production of a report for NAS/Cadw:  Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: The Trial Running of Maritime Archaeological Projects on Slate Wrecks in Wales by Engaging Individual Dive Clubs and Recreational Divers

2012

Michigan
Field School

Help with the running of another 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school in Traverse City, Michigan.  The event was based at the Northwestern Michigan College, with students attending from various parts of America.

2011

 

Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project

Production of a report for NAS/Cadw:  Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: Taking Forward the Proposals for Running a Maritime Archaeological Research Project for Recreational Divers and Professional Archaeologists

2011 

 

Mumbles Hulk Recording
Field Schools

Help with the running of 2 weekend hulk recording field schools for volunteers from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (G-GAT) on intertidal wrecks at the Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula.

 2011

Tal-y-Bont (Diver Trail)

Production of a report initiated by MADU for Cadw:  Tal-y-Bont Designated Wreck Site: Diver Trail Project Proposal

2011

Croatia
Field School

Help with the running of a UNESCO funded 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school on a Roman harbour at Zaton in Croatia prior to the IKUWA 4 Conference in Zadar. 

2011

Michigan
Field School

Help with the running of a 2-week Maritime Archaeology field school in Traverse City, Michigan.  The event was based at the Northwestern Michigan College, with students attending from various parts of America and beyond.

2011

 

 Reclaiming History from the Sea

Contribution toward the production of a book "Reclaiming History from the Sea" for Cadw.  Chapters included "Windows on the Past" (Visitor Engagement) and "Seaways to the World" (American Vessels in Welsh Waters). 

2010

 

 Welsh Coal & Slate Wreck Project

Production of a report for NAS/Cadw:  Welsh Coal and Slate Wrecks: Proposals for Running a Maritime Archaeological Research Project for Recreational Divers and Professional Archaeologists

2010

 Maritime Wales DVD

Production of a DVD entitled "Maritime Wales" for NAS/Cadw outlining the Protected Wreck Sites around the Welsh coast including comentry by Deanna Groom from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) and Rebecca Tye from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).  

2010

Borth Submerged Forest

Visits to Borth in mid Wales to inspect the submerged forest that had emerged from the sands on the beach.

 2010 

 

Welsh
Lecture Tour

Provision of a series of 10 talks throughout Wales on Maritime Archaeology for NAS/Cadw.

Venues included: St. Donat's Castle - Llantwit Major, Ammanford Social Club, Cardiff University, Forge Fach Community Centre, Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua Club, Plas Menai National Watersports Centre, St. John's Church - Carmarthen, Llandudno Yacht Club, Brecon Rugby Club and Isycoed Village Hall - Wrexham.

 2008 

Sharpness
Field School

A weekend NAS Part II Field School was held at Sharpness to investigate the wrecks that remain partially and totally submerged in a pound above the old lock where the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal used to meet the River Severn.   

 2004 

Purton
Field School

Help with the running of a NAS field schools at Purton on the banks of the River Severn where around 80 hulks lie abandoned.

2002
to 2009

Not The Diamond

This Wreck Site was the first underwater site in Welsh waters to be designated by the Welsh Assembly after devolution.

Licences to dive & survey this site were granted to MADU by Cadw in 2002 & 2003, and to excavate and recover in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Research & work on the site was carried out in an attempt to determine whether the wreck on the site was that of the Diamond, a three masted American square rigger that sunk in Cardigan Bay in 1825.

The work culminated with a MA Dissertation:  A Shipwreck in Cardigan Bay, West Wales, Designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, and known as the Diamond: An Interim Report on the Site (2000 - 2009)

 2002

Purton
Field School

Help with the running of a NAS field schools at Purton on the banks of the River Severn where around 80 hulks lie abandoned.

2000
&
2001

Iona II

Inspection & Survey work on the protected historic wreck site of the steam powered paddle steamer Iona II which sunk off of Lundy Island, North Devon in 1864.

Licences to dive & survey this designated wreck site were granted to MADU by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

1999

Dor Maritime Project

Excavation, Survey, Recording & Recovery of artifacts from a Byzantine & other unknown wreck in the Eastern Mediteranean at Dor in Israel.

 1999 

Fort Bovisand
Commercial Diving

 

A weekend commercial diving course organised jointly with the Rother Divers from Bexhill and held at Port Bovisand in Plymouth.  The weekend included the use of a variety of surface supply equipment and the opportunity to try underwater welding & cutting.

 1999 

 HMS Coronation

 

Survey & Recording of Cannons & Anchors in conjunction with other teams for Sonardyne. The work was on the offshore protected wreck site of HMS Coronation off of Plymouth.

 1999 

Bouldnor Cliff

 

Survey & recording work on a submerged forest and mesolithic site in the Solent for the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Marine Archaeology.

1998
&
1999

 HMS Pomone

Help with laying a Diver's Trail for the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology.  The trail was around the Protected Wreck Site of HMS Pomone close to the Needles off the west coast of the Isle of Wight.

1998

 Bronze Bell

Survey & Recording of Canons, Anchors & Marble Blocks on the Tal-y-Bont (Bronze Bell) protected wreck which sunk after 1702 in Cardigan Bay, Mid Wales.

1998

 Alum Bay

Search, Survey & Recording work for the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology.  The work was on a site in the Solent off the north west coast of the Isle of Wight thought to possibly be part of HMS Pomone.

1997

Silver Grey

A MADU in house project for the Malvern Spitfire Team.  The exercise was to search for a World War II Spitfire that ditched into the sea off of Bexhill in 1941. The project concluded with a report titled:  Silver Grey Diving Project

1997

 Resurgam

Survey & Recording work on the Protected Wreck Site of the first steam powered submarine Resurgam which sunk while under tow in 1880.  The work carried out was part of the Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS) SubMap Project.

1996

 Cefn Sidan Sands Wreck

Survey of an unknown intertidal wooden shipwreck on Cefn Sidan Sands at the Pembrey Country Park.  The work culminated in a NAS Part II Report:  Hulk Survey at Kidwelly, Dyfed, South Wales