Marine and Coastal Access Bill
The House of Lords had its Second Reading debate on the Marine and Coastal Access Bill on 15 December. Baroness Hooper’s speech focussed on the historic environment.
For those not already familiar with them, the DCMS and EH web pages on heritage protection reform can be found at http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/historic_environment/5635.aspx and http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.8380 respectively.
An organisation called Historic Wreck Recovery is searching off the Suffolk coast for the wreck of the English warship Royal James, lost in the Battle of Sole Bay in 1672.
The IfA has announced that it proposes to host a seminar on a date to be fixed to explore how it can support members and registered organisations through the current recession. In addition the IfA Council has produced a recession plan.
The Making of America
The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history with over 900,000 pages of material available online. These pages aren’t just scanned, they’re also searchable by word, like a PDF. There’s plenty of maritime material in there.
New theory on Noah’s flood
Dr Sean Kingsley has put forward the theory that a deluge that swept the Palestine region 7,000 years ago, submerging six Neolithic villages opposite the Carmel Mountains, may be the origin of the biblical flood of Noah.
Largest Bronze Age hoard found off Greece
A hoard of over 110 copper axe and hammer heads have been found in shallow water near the village of Mesi, 500 miles NE of Athens. No traces of a wreck have been found and the hoard may have been buried on a coastal plain site before rising sea levels submerged it. The find is reported to be the largest of its kind in Greece.
Wessex Archaeology’s latest archaeological podcast focuses on the work of its archaeological dive team.
First underwater museum planned
Mary Rose Trust branches out
MRT have helped build a Tudor play ship in a community playground in Plymouth. Their aim is to encourage children to learn about heritage as they play.
Not just there for the clubbing…
A team of local divers led by Dr Heinrich Hermanns has recovered lead bars dating from the 3rd century B.C. from the seabed off Ibiza.