No matter whether wooden wrecks, rows of mysterious wooden stakes, metal planes or potential Roman wrecks are your thing, come and practice your archaeological skills on the beach at Sandwich Flats!

What we are doing?

MSDS Marine and NAS have teamed up again return to Sandwich Flats and see what the winter storms have revealed and to record the sites in more detail that we visited last year. This will be an opportunity for Nautical Archaeology Society members and locals to practice their skills under professional supervision of MSDS Marine and NAS staff and to continue the recording and preservation of local maritime heritage that was successfully begun in 2018.

We’ll start off with a walk-over survey of as much of the beach as we can cover before the tide beats us – so we need lots of pairs of eyes to look for archaeological remains on the sand. We’ll also be doing measured tape surveys and total station surveys of wreck sites and there will be opportunities for photogrammetry as well.

This weekend’s work will help us prepare for a longer period of fieldwork during the summer. So there will be more opportunities to come later in 2019!

Image: Early morning survey of a wreck on Sandwich Flats

A team of NAS and MSDS staff will lead the fieldwork, with NAS members and local volunteers participating for one or two days.

Who can participate?
Anyone! Young or old, novice or experienced avocational archaeologists – everyone is welcome to participate for free. Anyone under 18 years old must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Image: 'Look at all the archaeology out there!' The 2018 MSDS/NAS/Volunteer team.

Contact [email protected] to get involved!