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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".

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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
www.madu.org.uk

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.

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Illustrated Glossary of Wooden Ship and Boat Terminology

Print on Demand. Self Published by Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit

650 entries / 100 pages / 100 photographs.

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All professions have their own coveted language and linguistic idioms that can often be completely incomprehensible to outsiders. In addition, the jargon derived from specific occupations, just like dialects, can vary from minor spelling and pronunciation to entirely different words being used from one location to another.

Marine activities are not only classic examples around which itemised terminology and particular terms for specific activities have evolved, but a huge amount of the English language and vocabulary has derived from, and is indebted to, historical maritime endeavours over centuries of seafaring.

As a boat builder of 30 years, while fully appreciating all the above, it never ceases to surprise me that words I take for granted, sometime sound like a foreign language to non-maritime individuals. Over the years, particularly when lecturing on ship and boat construction, or when working with colleagues, carrying out marine archaeological investigations associated with the remains of wrecked vessels, it has been apparent that many people lacked the necessary terminology for what they were finding, or any comprehension of the activities that went into the production of the constituent parts of ships and boats.

This book has evolved from a basic set of lecture handouts, into this illustrated glossary of terminology. It is intended to be used as a quick reference guide for anyone interested in marine activities, and wooden ships & boats in particular. Like any assembled lexicon, in this book there will inevitably be some errors and mistakes, particularly with respect to indexing and cross referencing, as well as
alternative spelling and the addition of words that the reader may consider too important to have been overlooked. In this respect, the author would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any thought and comments so that errors and omissions can be corrected at the earliest opportunity

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