WWII merchant shipping movements now online; Marine archaeologists call for radical policy change; MoRPHE; Limantepe; Columbus’s crew; Sutton Hoo garden party; Volunteer opportunities?




WWII merchant shipping movements now online


TNA has made WWII merchant shipping movement cards available online.


Marine archaeologists call for radical policy change


UNESCO, the Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee, the Archaeology Forum and the Institute for Archaeologists have called for an end to commercial salvage on historic wrecks. Following claims by Odyssey Marine Exploration that they are excavating the HMS Victory these organisations are asking the government to sign the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

(Current Archaeology, Issue 229, p4)




English Heritage’s Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment (MoRPHE) provides a framework/guidance for the management of historic environment research and ‘research and development’ (R&D) projects. The MoRPHE training programme for 2009 has now been finalised. Two hour distance learning Familiarisation and six face to face one day Project Managers courses (Birmingham, London, Swindon, Salisbury, Bristol and York) are being run.


Further details can be obtained from morphe@english-heritage.org.uk.




Archaeologists from the University of Ankara are excavating a submerged prehistoric harbour at Urla in western Turkey.


Columbus’s crew


The teeth from skeletons excavated in the Dominican Republic and which are believed may be of members of Columbus’ second expedition to the New World, have been subject to analysis by the University of Wisconsin Madison.


Sutton Hoo garden party


A 1930’s style garden party will be held at Sutton Hoo on Bank Holiday Sunday 24 May to mark the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the boat burial.


Volunteer opportunities?


The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Maritime Archaeology Society are organising the Firebrand Shipwreck Recording Project on 1-8 August and The Lyonesse Project, also in the Isles of Scilly, from 28 August to 12 September 2009. Contact CISMAS for details.




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