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what's new Here are the most recent new or changed documents on this site. Older additions since 1996 are on a separate page. New documents in Swedish and Danish are in a separate list. During recent years, relatively few new articles are published on this site. But all links and lists of wrecks and finds are frequently updated, so that all info should be current and relevant.

Nov ´07: Intact 17th century flute in deep sea

Feb '07: Great maritime disasters

Feb '07: Maritime cosmology and archaeology, Christer Westerdahl

Feb '07: The Vikings were shift workers, John Larsson

Feb '07: The Viking – the oarsman, Bertil Daggfeldt

Nov '04: History of underwater archaeology

Oct '04: The relationship between land roads and sea routes in the past, Christer Westerdahl

Oct '04: On the Significance of Portages, Christer Westerdahl

Oct '04: E Nordewall, Sweden

Oct '04: Akerendam, Norway

May '04: Cheops ships, Egypt

Apr '04: The Fredricus Project, 1719, Sweden

Oct '03: Nordic legislation

July '03: IKUWA 2

May '03: The BZN 10 wreck, Martijn Manders

Feb '03: Thracia Pontica VIII, Bulgaria

Jan '03: Kublai Khan's lost fleet

Jan '03: Norwegian page

Jan '03: Excavating submerged Stone Age sites in Denmark – Tybrind Vig, Torben Malm

Jan '03: What Kind of Underwater Heritage Convention Do We Need?, He Shuzhong

Jan '03: Maltese page

Dec '02: Danish page

Dec '02: Photo & Video technique

Nov '02: Project "Slavia", Russia

Nov '02: Videos on separate page

Nov '02: Anchor types revised

Nov '02: Mediterranean finds divided in 3 periods: Earliest, Antiquity, Later times

Sep '02: Sadana Island shipwreck, Cheryl Ward

Aug '02: National Archaeology Bodies Weigh in to Support Newport's Save Our Ship Campaign

Jul '02: Arqueologia subacuatica en cercanias a la Isla de Lobos, Atilio Nasti

Jul '02: Gdansk Copper Wreck, Margret Sloan

Jul '02: Caligula's Nemi Ships, Margret Sloan

Jul '02: Tecnología en Arqueología Subacuática, Atilio Nasti

Jun '02: La Méduse, 1816

Jun '02: Underwater Archaeology Shipwreck Technology, Atilio Nasti

May '02: Appeal for the Portuguese Institute of Archaeology

May '02: Info text in Hewrew

Apr '02: Debate, protection, legislation, separate topic

Apr '02: Sunken cities, new topic

Apr '02: Society and Sail, Christer Westerdahl

Apr '02: Naval battles, new topic

Apr '02: Deep Baltic mystery wreck, masts standing

Apr '02: The Plague and the Northeast, Christer Westerdahl

Apr '02: Laser bathymetry

Apr '02: s/s Fråck, sunk in 1915

Jan '02: Separate topics under Tools & Technique: Search tools and technique, Investigation, Salvage, Deep sea, Dating, Conservation, Software

Jan '02: USS Maine, 1898, including a video

Jan '02: Conservation of the Mary Rose bronze guns, Martin Read

Jan '02: EU project to protect underwater cultural heritage

Jan '02: Underwater archaeology in Latvia 2001, Voldemars Rains, Jurmala Museum

Jan '02: Corrosion of aluminum in sea water, Pete Johnson

Jan '02: Vrouw Maria, updated


Older additions since 1996

News in the world

To stay updated with the latest news, check press news, Anthropology in the News, Archaeologica News or Google News.


Below are some older news texts:


Quoted from Associated Press, July 1998:

17th Century Shipwrecks Found Sunday, July 19, 1998

SCHLESWIG, Germany (AP) -- Following up on a 139-year-old tip, archaeologists have found nine shipwrecks dating from the 17th century buried in mud at a Baltic Sea inlet in northern Germany. The 30- to 50-foot boats are believed to be from a military fleet that sank during the Thirty Years' War, a series of political and religious conflicts in Europe from 1618 to 1648.

The team was led to the find by a note written in 1859 and found in the state's museum archives, said Willi Kramer, head of the Schleswig-Holstein state archaeology department ... The archaeological team, which began searching in 1996, found nine boats buried under about six feet of mud in the inlet...

National Museum of Denmark, 1997:

Upside down!

In December 1996 the National Museum received a report from a professional diver, Gert Normann, of Holstebro, that during a cable inspection in the Limfjord near Aggersund he had found the wreck of a ship, 12 m long, from the Viking Age or Middle Ages, lying upside down and only slightly damaged. Accompanying this report was a detailed video film of the wreck which made it possible to date it immediately to the Middle Ages. Since there is active sea-bed erosion at the site the wreck is at risk, and the finder was therefore asked to bring up a few pieces of boards from the wreck for dating, and to carry out measures for the provisional protection of the wreck from further damage. The dendro dating of the boards showed that the ship was probably built in the mid 13th century and it is lying there now as a challenge, ready for genuine excavation and salvaging so that it can avoid suffering the same fate as another wreck in the same area some years ago. In that case the sea-bed erosion exposed an exceptionally well-preserved hull from an 18th century sloop, but before it was possible to document it in detail a winter-storm split the wreck and reduced it to matchwood. The scientific interest attached to the new wreck-find with its preserved upper parts, which are usually missing, as in e.g. the Roskilde ships, is so great that this story must not be allowed to repeat itself. How such a project, in water 12 metres deep and in a sea-channel with heavy traffic and strong currents, can be realised and financed has not yet been established.


Resources are sorted by subject. However, there are no clear boundaries between "institutes", "societies" and "projects", etc. The information can be structured in other ways. If you have suggestions, send an e-mail. Per Åkesson, editor.

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