Three months of the Marine Antiquities Scheme

Published: Tuesday 8th November 2016 Author:

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.

Contact: MAS Team

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