Archaeological Services in support of Marine Designation: Analysis of Online Survey Responses; Swash Channel update; Dornier 17; Bonhomme Richard; Pavlopetri; New guidance published; La Belle; Liberty Ships; SS Robin


Archaeological Services in support of Marine Designation:  Analysis of Online Survey Responses

The results of the online survey are now available and have been e-mailed to MAG members. The survey closed on the 16th August and recommendations by the UK Heritage Agencies have been made to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport following the key themes set out in the report.

The document sets out the following key themes that have emerged from the survey responses:

  • There is agreement that specialist archaeological services to support marine designation should continue to be provided.
  • Management and designation decisions should be more aligned to processes already in place within national heritage agencies and local authority historic environment teams.
  • There is equal need to have field-based survey and assessment for other legal mechanisms used to protect the marine historic environment – notably the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the new provision for Historic Marine Protected Areas in Scotland.
  • Flexibility of the contract to deliver strategic desk-based research, marine geophysical survey as well as diving investigations, should extend to include outputs for the general public.
  • The importance of national and local historic environment records (HERs) to provide, and receive data to support marine management and designation was highlighted.
  • Continued reliance on licensed teams and unpaid divers is crucial to the conservation management of the UK’s protected wreck sites.
  • Support to Licensees and archaeological advisors needs to be improved and greater use be made of the UK diving community to utilise local knowledge and gain access to additional data.
  • Over half of respondents supported the option to extend the current contract by the two one-year periods. 

Swash Channel update 

Subject to weather, the major English Heritage funded investigation of this important site in Dorset resumes next week with work intended to help stabilise and protect the stern of the wreck. Work to raise excavated parts of the wreck including the remarkable carved rudder may also commence in the near future. 

Dornier 17 

Plans to recover and conserve the unique Battle of Britain German Do17 bomber found on the Goodwin Sands have been announced by the RAF Museum. The find, originally made by local archaeological divers investigating a fishing net snag, is amongst the most important archaeological discoveries made in UK territorial waters in recent years. Further details, including underwater video of the aircraft, can be accessed on the museum’s website

Bonhomme Richard 

The US Navy is reported to be continuing to search for this iconic ship, lost in 1779 near Flamborough Head.

‘Underwater battlefield’ 

A team of Australian divers have been investigating the seabed at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli to document the remains of the ill fated WWI campaign. 


The archaeological investigation of the submerged Minoan and Mycenean settlement at Pavlopetri off southern Laconia in Greece is being filmed for a forthcoming BBC documentary. 

New guidance published 

English Heritage’s new guidance notes for protected wreck sites has been published and is available for download

La Belle 

Texas A&M University’s Conservation Research Laboratory is said to be in the final stages of the conservation of timbers from this 1684 wreck. 

Liberty Ships 

Liberty ship researcher and author Peter Elphick will talk on ‘Liberty Ships: the ships that won the war’ at 19:00 on 11 October 2010 at The Wellington Trust, HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London. 

SS Robin 

Repairs to SS Robin, the oldest complete steamship still in existence, have been completed in Lowestoft.


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