Underwater landscapes conference; Call for papers; Builders find 17-18th century shipwreck; The Neolithic of the Greater Thames Estuary’; “Finding treasure and losing history”; Did stinky seamen blow up HMS London?; Tudor Ports of London; H²Ops; Straits of Dover to be a new World Heritage Site?; Archaeology Festival 2009; The Hunley and the Alabama; Solent Basin Field Meeting; New find in Sri Lanka; Shifting sands expose more wrecks in Oregon; Protecting the Vasa; Aerial photographs; Great Lakes dispute


Underwater landscapes conference

CoastNet and The Wildlife Trusts are organising a conference entitled ‘Hidden worlds beneath the Waves: Engaging people with undersea landscapes’ on 25 February in Hull.

Call for papers

 A call for papers has been issued for a session of the September 2009 EAA Meeting entitled ‘Underwater archaeology and the future of submerged European Prehistory’.

 Builders find 17-18th century shipwreck

Construction workers in Buenos Aires in Argentina are reported to have found the remains of an unidentified 17-18th century warship under 7 metres of mud. Photographs can be viewed on the Reuters and BBC News websites.

The Neolithic of the Greater Thames Estuary

Nigel Brown will present a paper entitled ‘Sea-change – The Neolithic of the Greater Thames estuary’ at a one day conference of the Prehistoric Society entitled ‘The Neolithic of the Thames Valley: exploring regional diversity’. The conference takes place at the Society of Antiquaries in London on Saturday 7 February 2009.

“Finding treasure and losing history”

Go to Archaeology magazine’s website for an article by Zach Zorich on the co-operation between the Discovery Channel and Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Did stinky seamen blow up HMS London?

Richard Enser’s research into the Lennox has suggested a possible reason why HMS London sank in the Thames in 1685.

Tudor Ports of London

The Museum of London will be hosting a conference entitled ‘The Tudor Ports of London: An archaeological investigation’ on 16 May 2009. Attendance is free but registration is required.

The conference is the culmination of a lecture series organised to celebrate the centenary of the Port of London Authority.


The latest edition of  H²Ops Magazine is available to download.

Straits of Dover to be a new World Heritage Site?

A joint bid is being made by Eurotunnel and French officials to make the Straits of Dover a World Heritage Site.

Archaeology Festival 2009

Current Archaeology, Cardiff University and National Museums Wales are hosting the second ‘Archaeology Festival’ from 6-8 February in Cardiff. The draft session timetable includes a session entitled ‘Digging the docks: Britains portals to the world’.

The Hunley and the Alabama

The famous Confederate submarine and raider are back in the news.

Solent Basin Field Meeting

The Quaternary Research Association and the Prehistoric Society are organising a field meeting on the Solent Basin and West Sussex from 4-8 April 2009. Further details are available on the QRA website.

New find in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Daily News is reporting the discovery and excavation of an ‘ancient ship’ off Sri Lanka.

Shifting sands expose more wrecks in Oregon

The Oregon State Archaeologist is reporting the emergence of buried shipwrecks caused by the movement of coastal sand.

Protecting the Vasa

An 18 million krona 2 year project that aims to help researchers and preservationists gain a better understanding of the extent and speed at which the various components of the ship and the preservatives used upon it are breaking down has been announced by the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning.

Aerial photographs

English Heritage, in partnership with the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales, has acquired the Aerofilms Collection of historical air photographs. The collection of over 800 000 images is the best and most significant body of oblique aerial photography of the UK remaining in private hands.   The photographs date from 1919 to 2006.

Great Lakes Dispute 

The US Archaeology News website has reported that the state of Michigan wants the U.S. courts to dismiss a lawsuit, filed by Great Lakes Exploration, for custody of what the company claims is the wreck of a seventeenth-century vessel built by French explorer La Salle. Federal law states that shipwrecks belong to the state if the state can show that they were abandoned and embedded in the lake bottom. 

 Also in the Great Lakes a well preserved daggerboard schooner has been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario during a geophysical survey.


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