For the Record

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Saturday, June 5, 2004

With the award of a generous grant from the English Heritage Regional Capacity Building Scheme, ‘For the Record’ was a pilot project that aimed to assess the range, type and quantity of material recovered by a number of North-East dive clubs.

By recording these ‘small finds’, it was hoped to build up a series of typologies, for example on the ubiquitous porthole, that could provide maritime archaeologists and divers alike with the key information necessary to positively identify some of the enormous number of ‘modern’ wrecks off the UK.

Three long-established BSAC branches, Hartlepool, Teesmouth and Scarborough, very kindly agreed to allow the project team to photograph and catalogue material on display in their Clubhouses and over three hundred artefacts were recorded.

Although only a small-scale pilot project, ‘For the Record’ showed there was significant potential to develop a series of typologies based on recovered shipwreck material, which would provide maritime archaeologists and divers alike with the key information necessary to positively identify shipwreck sites.

 

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