MAG Committee places up for grabs
An e-mail will be circulated among MAG members this week asking for nominations for two MAG Committee posts. Elections for these posts will take place at the MAG AGM, to be held at the IfA 2010 Annual Conference in Southport in April.
Mark Dunkley of English Heritage will be standing down from the committee, whilst Paola Palma will be standing for re-election. The committee would like to thank Mark for the contribution he has made to its work during the last few years. Your update editor would also like to thank Mark as the chief contributor of news for the update.
Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment rapidly progressing
Historic Seascape Characterisation
Following the finalisation of a nationally applicable HSC methodology in 2008, further EH funded characterisation studies are now underway for the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary and for the English Channel between Hastings and Purbeck.
Cutty Sark latest
The final parts of the £46 million funding package are now in place. Repair and conservation of the fire damaged ship is therefore expected to be completed at Greenwich next year.
Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities
Candidates for MMO member appointments are now being sought.
The existence of Lower Palaeolithic seafaring has been inferred from finds made during an archaeological survey in Crete.
UNESCO Convention news
Italy ratified the convention on 8th January, bringing the total number of ratifying nations to 30.
Bronze Age mystery stumps museum staff
The central stump from the Bronze Age oak circle known as ‘Seahenge’ is to go on display with the 55 outer timbers of the circle at Lynn Museum in King’s Lynn, Norfolk this summer. The museum closed in January to enable the installation to be carried out and will re-open in about four months.
Shipworm threatens Baltic maritime heritage
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg are reporting that shipworm is spreading into the Baltic, threatening the sea’s rich and well preserved shipwreck heritage.
Damien Hirst – ‘treasure hunter’
One of the world’s most famous contemporary artists is reported to be planning to excavate the wreck of the ‘Unbelievable‘, an imaginary treasure ship.