The future of our archives; Bonnie Prince Charlie wreck?; Odyssey hits the buffers?; Parliamentary questions on the historic environment;Great Lakes find; Marine Environment Protection Fund (MEPF); Southern North Sea Neanderthal find; Protecting coastal heritage from rising sea levels; Shipwrecks at risk; ISBSA 12


The future of our archives

The government is consulting about a new policy for archives. See The National Archives website for the consultation document and a response form.

Bonnie Prince Charlie wreck?

A team of mainly commercial divers led by the well known Joe McCormack is reported to be salvaging material that he claims comes from a wreck bringing supplies to the Jacobites from France. The team believes that these supplies included the inevitable hoard of gold coins.

Odyssey hits the buffers? 

OME have suffered a setback in their fight to over a large hoard of coins salvaged from from a Spanish shipwreck. OME says that it will fight the US court decision. 

Parliamentary questions on the historic environment

See the House of Commons website for details. 

Great Lakes find 

Hunting traps that are at least 8,000 years old have been found at a depth of 50m in Lake Huron during a geophysical survey by the University of Michigan.

Marine Environment Protection Fund (MEPF)

The call for expressions of interest in the Round 3 Programme closed today, 30 June. Successful projects will commence after 1 September and must be completed by 31 December 2010. Funding of normally up to £200,000 per project (exVAT) can be allocated from a total budget of around £2 million. 

Southern North Sea Neanderthal find

A fragment of the skull of a 60,000 year old young adult male Neanderthal has been recovered during dredging. It is believed to be the first such find from the seabed.

Protecting coastal heritage from rising sea levels

The government has launched a consultation on how to protect coastal heritage from rising sea levels. A spokesperson from English Heritage is quoted explaining that climate change threatens many historic buildings. They suggest that some buildings will be adapted, some protected and some will be lost. 

Shipwrecks at risk 

You can now search for shipwrecks on English Heritage’s 2009 Heritage at Risk Register.


You are reminded that the 12th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology will take place on 12-16 October 2009 in Istanbul.


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