Introduction to Running Maritime Archaeological Projects

An Introduction to Running Maritime Archaeological Projects

Print on Demand. Self Published by Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit

This 116-page paperback has been self-published by the Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit, and is printed on demand. The publication is in full colour, with 120 photographs and illustrations.

As a follow up to An illustrated glossary of Wooden Ship and Boat Terminology published in 2020, which derived from running courses on "Wooden Ship & Boat Construction", this second book has similarly evolved from the course NAS Senior Tutor, Ian Cundy from MADU teaches for the NAS on "Running Maritime Archaeological Projects".


Book full contents here

Research & text: Ian Cundy
Design: Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit
Photographs (unless otherwise stated): Ian Cundy
First Printing: 2021
Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 1QQ, United Kingdom

When attempting to put together a “how to” instruction book, that endeavours to help and encourage people to undertake Maritime Archaeological Projects of their own, you quickly come to realise that no two sites are the same. The inference from this is that, as there are an infinite variety of sites out there, each having their own dedicated set of challenges, every site will require its own bespoke and personally tailored approach, in order to fully understand what the site has to offer.

The consequence of this, is that any efforts to explain how to manage projects in a precise manner is going to be both impossible, and pointless! All this book can therefore hope to achieve, is to try and offer some profound suggestions on how it might be possible to run a project in general terms. It will then be down to you and your project team, to shape and fashion these thoughts, comments and ideas to suit the specific circumstances surrounding your site and your individual project’s agenda.

The format of the book starts with having An Idea! and then develops, step-by-step, through:

Designing – Planning – Delivering – Analysing

Each of these phases branches out, like a family tree, introducing further subheadings as the project evolves. As a guide to where you are in the book, and where you are in the project’s evolution, each of the main sections has a “family tree” of the project’s development duplicated at the top of the principal pages.


This guide is simply excellent! It is thorough, written in a professional and friendly manner, and when reading there is the impression of having a guide alongside you at all times.

The guide comprehensively covers all of the steps necessary for you to be able to set up, research and run your own project in a safe, professional, ethical and efficient way. 

Such wonderful guidance also means that anything that you discover on your project will be dealt with properly and thoroughly, and relevance and references are less likely to be overlooked or misinterpreted.

Each stage is thoroughly explained and linked, so that you will not become confused or lost.

I am sure that there are many of us who would love to run our own projects, but are unsure how to go about it, or unconfident about getting started. This guide shows the way clearly, and is a wonderful confidence giver.

The way in which the author has arranged the guide also allows you to be flexible in adapting and tailoring the stages to the individuality of your own project - as no two are the same - but the guide gives you a solid foundation and cross referenced framework from which to work.

The essential stages are also set out, linked and described in such a way that you will always be thinking about and aware of where you have been, where you are and what you are doing, what the next step should be, and asking the right questions.

I think that this guide is great for both amateurs and professionals, and an excellent teaching aid if you are a professional or experienced amateur with trainees or new volunteers in your care.

A must have - absolutely invaluable.

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