Joining forces on the foreshore

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Photo: NAS ELearners get down and dirty on the Thames foreshore

July saw the first Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Fieldschool take place in conjunction with the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) working together for the greater good of nautical archaeology.

The Rotherhithe fieldschool was the practical element to the NAS ELearning Introduction and Part 1 Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology.

For avid NAS member and Fieldschool attendee, Gerard Jedrzejak, it was a great opportunity to get to grips with the basic skills of archaeology including data collection, measurement, analysis and presentation of results. “It’s much easier on the foreshore than it is underwater. You have the benefit of communication, no currents, no murky water and no dive time limit.”

Aside from this there was the opportunity to meet interesting and like minded people and take an interest in archaeology to the next level.

Ian Cundy, regional coordinator, NAS, said: “The recent NAS Fieldschool at Rotherhithe was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a weekend.  The weather was fantastic and it was a pleasure to be working on the foreshore with a group of people who all have a similar interest in maritime archaeology.”

He said that the major advantage for NAS working with the TDP is that real sites can be used for the course.  And for the TDP it was an opportunity to get some new recruits and also to further add to the data collected on foreshore archaeology in Greater London.

 Become a NAS ELearner

Want to know more about becoming a NAS ELearner ?

NAS is a UK charity set up to allow everyone to benefit from the unique and fascinating resource that is the world’s maritime heritage.

The NAS ELearning  programme is made up of the NAS Introduction and Part 1 theory courses which you can study at your own pace. Here you can learn the theory aspects from these two courses from the comfort of your own home and then have fun learning the practical elements on a fieldschool weekend or day of your choice.

The courses look at the practical applications of archaeology on the foreshore and underwater, specifically why we do it, how we date it, why we should protect it and how we record it.

More information from or email Rachel Quick, NAS Training Officer:

Become a FROG

Want to know more about the TDP?

The TDP Builds on initiatives pioneered by the Museum of London’s Thames Archaeological Survey that took place from 1993 – 1999. It aims to communicate an understanding of the historic Thames, which when the tide is out, is the longest open air archaeological site in London, to the general public.

Many of the exposed archaeological sites are often unrecognised and unprotected and almost all are vulnerable to the twice daily scouring of the tidal river, and thus require close monitoring by the programme.

You can get involved with the TDP by joining the Foreshore Recording & Observation Group (FROG). FROG members work with the TDP archaeologists to record the archaeology of the foreshore during the summer season fieldwork, assist with training sessions for new members, participate in outreach events, and monitor the archaeology of key sites along the Thames.

More information from or email