Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2020 


This course will provide an introduction to the development of the marine anchor from the earliest known stone anchors to 20th century stockless anchors, along with the methods of recording anchors as part of the Big Anchor Project (  This will be achieved by a combination of lectures and practical sessions spent recording and drawing up anchors.  The course is aimed at individuals undertaking the NAS Training programme, as well as professional archaeologists wanting to improve their ability to recognise, date and record anchors from archaeological sites.

Anyone who's interested in anchors, artefact recording methods or how artefact typologies can contribute to the historic environment. People who are interested in seeing the changes to the historic harbour of Charlestown and the Shipwreck Museum won't be disappointed either.

NAS members will earn 10 credits towards their Certificate or Award

NAS members £120 for the two day course
Non-NAS members £150 for the two day course (although as NAS membership starts at £20, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately)

Saturday 17 October 2020
09.00            Arrive, tea/coffee, introductions
09.30            Course outline
10.00            Anchor development 1 – Stone Anchors
10.45            Break
11.00            Metal anchor anatomy and terminology
11.30            Anchor development 2 - Early stocked anchors
12.00            Lunch and free time to explore the museum
13.00            Anchor development 3 – Stocked anchor typology
13.45            Introduction to the Big Anchor Project
14.15            Anchor development 4 – Stockless anchors
15.00            Break
15.30            Practical – Anchor Recording - photogrammetry
17.00            End 

Sunday 18 October 2020
09.00            Arrive, tea/coffee, review
09.30            Big Anchor Project recording methodology and demonstration
10.30            Practical - Anchor recording – proformas and illustration
12.30            Lunch and free time to explore the museum
13.30            Practical – Submitting to the Big Anchor Project database
15.00            Break
15.30            Practical - Anchor recording – proformas and illustration
16.30            Summary and course review
17.00            Course End / Depart