MAG Maritime Archives Project, New Edition of NAS Guide, Ancient Greek Vessel Raised

Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives

This project has been formulated in response to the work undertaken by MAG to highlight the dire situation relating to maritime archaeological archive provision in the UK. The project is seeking to:

  • Understand how museum and archive repository collection areas and collection policies consider the marine zone (phase one);
  • Review where maritime archaeological archives are currently held and assess their public accessibility (phase two); and
  • Analyse present maritime archive creation and assess the scale and nature of future maritime archives (phase three).

Without this baseline information it is impossible to gauge the current provision for maritime archives and the numbers and diversity of current collections. This project is a vital first step in defining the extent of the problem to enable appropriate responses on a national level to be formulated.

As part of phase two we are targeting a wide range of individuals, organisations, exhibits, groups etc. who may hold maritime archaeological archive material. We ask all MAG members who hold relevant material to complete the questionnaire.

You can go directly to the questionnaire or visit the project website where you can find further information on the project, a number of downloadable documents and links to relevant projects and information.

NEW Edition of Nautical Archaeology Society’s Underwater Archaeology: Guide to Principles and Practice

MAG members take note, the new edition of Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice (Edited by Amanda Bowens), provides a comprehensive summary of the archaeological process as applied in an underwater context. The new edition contains extensive practical advice and information, including how to get involved, basic principles, essential techniques and approaches, project planning and execution and publishing and presenting results.

Fully illustrated with over 100 drawings and new colour graphics, this second edition contains additional chapters on geophysics, historical research, photography and video, monitoring and maintenance and conservation. With ‘Underwater Archaeology’ the NAS reveals the real underwater treasure – a rich cultural heritage that has helped shape the world in which we live. By outlining the principles and practices, this book will enable the reader to make informed and responsible decisions about how to get the most from their involvement with underwater archaeology.

The text can now be purchased from the NAS Head Office in Portsmouth. The paperback is priced at £19.99 for NAS Members / £24.99 non members and the hardback is £50.00 for NAS Members / £60 for non-members. For more information, or to order, phone/fax (+ 44 23 9281 8419) or email the NAS Head Office with payment and delivery details. Prices are exclusive of postage and handling.

Other News

A 21 metre long ancient Greek vessel dating to c. 500 BC has been raised to the surface off Sicily. The wooden vessel was found by scuba divers in 1988, 800 metres from the ancient Greek colony and port of Gela. Parts of the vessel and the cargo have already been raised.

Ancient Greek Wreck (Image via ANSA/PAl)

Ancient Greek Wreck (Image via ANSA/PAl)

The timbers are to be stored tanks containing PEG, and will be transported to Portsmouth where they will be conserved by Mary Rose Archaeological Services.

Further details have been reported at: and


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