News from the Scheme

100 Objects Target Passed.

Published: 1 week, 3 days ago Author: MAS

A big thank you to all the finders for helping make the Marine Antiquities Scheme a success. Since its inception last year, 107 objects have been reported throught the scheme, which is a fantastic result. Awareness of the scheme continues to grow and the diving community, particularly in Kent, have reported some very interesting material recently. We look forward to sharing these with you in the coming months.

If you have reported objects through the Scheme, and haven't yet sent your signed Receiver of Wreck form off, please do so as soon as possible, so we can share your finds with wider community.

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MAS Presentation

Published: Tuesday 10th January 2017 Author: MAS

On Wednesday, 15th February Toby Gane, Senior Project Manager with Wessex Archaeology, will be doing a presentation on the Marine Antiquities Scheme, with a question and answer session afterwards. The event has been organised by Folkestone 501 dive club and will take place at the Folkestone Yacht and Motorboat Club on North Street, Folkestone, CT19 6AF. The meeting starts at 20:00 and anyone is welcome to attend.

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Unexploded ordnance guide for the Marine Antiquities Scheme

Published: Wednesday 14th December 2016 Author: MAS Team

6 Alpha, in collaboration with the Marine Antiquities Scheme, have produced an unexploded ordnance guide. This guide provides advice to all users of the marine environment regarding the hazards associated with unexploded ordnance and the actions to take on finding a UXO.

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Three months of the Marine Antiquities Scheme

Published: Tuesday 8th November 2016 Author: MAS Team

It has now been three months since the launch of the MAS, which is providing divers, fishermen, boat operators and coastal visitors with a new way to record underwater finds. Central to the MAS is the simple-to-use app, available for iOS and Android devices.

Wessex Archaeology's team of experts has researched more than 70 objects, including 19th-century clay pipes, chevron beads and a WW2 British Landing Craft (Assault). These records can be viewed on the MAS database.

MAS outreach commenced with CITiZAN's second annual conference, Turn the Tide, held at the fantastic SS Great Britain in Bristol. This was a prime opportunity to connect with like-minded professional and community colleagues whose work intersects with the MAS at the low tide mark.

At DIVE 2016, held at the Birmingham NEC, the MAS shared a stand with the Nautical Archaeology Society. We were able to engage with recreational UK divers, as well as developing contacts with regional diving organisations, clubs and shops.

The MAS team were also on hand at the Skipper Expo in Bournemouth, where attendees were able to learn about the MAS app at the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisation stand. The archaeological community at the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (SCAPE) Trust conference, held in Glasgow, also had the opportunity to discover the details of the MAS.

If you haven't already done so, why not download a poster to put on your nearest noticeboard or send to anyone you feel may be interested in the scheme.

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Release of the MAS video

Published: Tuesday 18th October 2016 Author: MAS Team

The MAS has released a video as part of its ongoing outreach programme to promote the scheme. It briefly explains the process of recording finds and, importantly, takes viewers step-by-step through using the MAS app (available from Google Play and the App Store), including the GPS and camera functions.

Watch the video here.

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MAS at Turn the Tide 2016

Published: Friday 14th October 2016 Author: MAS Team

If you missed seeing the MAS team at CITiZAN's Turn the Tide 2016 you can make a virtual visit to the conference here. It was a fantastic day networking with colleagues from the Nautical Archaeology Society, PADI, Historic England and many other professional and community groups. A highlight was learning about archaeological sites and coastal erosion along the English Channel and Atlantic shores with French colleagues from the Archéologie, Littoral et Réchauffement Terrestre (ALeRT Project).

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Online recording form active

Published: Wednesday 28th September 2016 Author: MAS Team

The MAS is excited to announce that the online recording form for submitting finds is now active on the website. Follow this link to use the form. As well as requiring the date, and name and email address of finder, the form provides for a description of the location of the find, coordinates (latitude/longitude) and a description of the find. After selecting whether the find was left where found or recovered, you can go to the next page and upload photographs. The MAS team looks forward to researching the finds you submit!

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A new era for marine archaeology

Published: Thursday 11th August 2016 Author: MAS Team

We had the pleasure of hosting the launch of the Marine Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum in July 2016, with an opening address by Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum. We hope that this exciting new initiative will mark a new era for publicly driven data sharing in the marine environment, based on the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure at the British Museum, discusses the Marine Antiquities Scheme here.

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Let’s get the word out

Published: Thursday 4th August 2016 Author: MAS Team

Now that the Marine Antiquities Scheme is launched, we want people in the know to encourage others to use the scheme. It's exciting to be in the initial days, with the hope of seeing some great archaeological discoveries over time. So, please do share the good news and encourage more people to record their underwater finds.

More views from the Nautical Archaeology Society's president, Phil Harding, can be read here.

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Unlocking our underwater heritage

Published: Thursday 28th July 2016 Author: MAS Team

The Marine Antiquities Scheme captures the excitement of the moment when a diver, fisherman, boat operator or coastal visitor makes an underwater discovery. As they sit there wondering just what it is they've uncovered, they can now turn to an easy to use app and record their find in a matter of minutes.

Find out more about the Marine Antiquities Scheme from The Crown Estate's Matthew Clear here.

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