The Lyness Royal Naval cemetery.
On 20th January, 2017, M/S Vina  with crew sailed out on a scientific expedition to Scapa Flow, Scotland, to survey the remains of the German fleet that was scuttled there just after World War I. The ship M/S Vina, equipment and crew were arranged by the management of JD-Contractor A/S […]

Scapa Flow Expedition

Kasbah de Oudayas on the Oued Bouregreg, Rabat-Salé, Morocco
In October 2016, CBDAMM (“Capacity building of data acquisition methods with a view to promoting natural and cultural heritage management practices in Morocco”) was officially launched in Rabat, Morocco. CBDAMM is a Danish-Moroccan cooperation project, based at the Maritime Archaeology Programme, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark (MAP; Esbjerg, […]

New project launched

A shipwreck finishes its conservation treatment.
In mid-November, members of the 3rd semester “Sustainable Management of the Underwater Cultural Heritage” course travelled to Brede, Denmark, the location of the National Museum’s Department of Conservation. This is an annual visit for us, and we are pleased that hosts Kristiane Strætkvern and David Gregory were happy to receive us, presenting […]

National Museum in Brede

On Thursday, June 23, students from MAP had the opportunity to sail a traditional boat at the Viking Ship Museum, in Roskilde. We sailed out on the fjord on a small ‘Oselver tolværing’ from Os in Norway, named Bjørnefjord, built in 1998. Such boats are built in the traditional clinker construction […]

Sailing in Roskilde Fjord

Farewell from Monkey Island!
June 21st: The last few days have been busy trying to finish our research of Mukran before we have to leave Rügen. In order to obtain the best possible amount of information about the construction of the ship we chose to focus on four cross sections located amidships, one on […]

Mukran Wreck Week 3

Change over at Sassnitz harbour.
June 18th: Week 2 at the Maritime Archaeology Programme’s fieldschool to archaeologically record the Mukran Wreck, Northern Germany brought us a change in instructors, some bad weather days and a greater focus on artefact recording. On Saturday we were all pleased to be joined by Thjis Maarleveld and Athena Trakadas […]

Mukran Wreck Week 2   Recently updated !

The dive teams change at the beach. 1
June 11th: This year the field school for the class of 2015-2016 of the Maritime Archaeology Programme takes place in Mukran, in Northern Germany. From the 1st of June until the 22nd of June the students will record and document a 16th century wreck of presumably Danish origin. We will […]

Mukran wreck 2016 – Week 1   Recently updated !

Lillebælt 2
This last week of diving, in Lillebælt, has been buoyed by good weather, a surprise visit of excellent food from Katrine’s mom, and a pod of friendly dolphins passing by. Rescue drills, surveys, and lifting are part of the plan.

Last week of the May 2016 dive course   Recently updated !

Ladby 2
On Saturday, May 14, several MAP students watched as the reconstruction of the Ladby ship was launched into the fjord at Kerteminde, on the island of Fyn. Music and cheering saw the vessel, named Ladby Dragon, cast off on its maiden voyage. After being buried in the grave mound of […]

The Ladby ship reconstruction launched

After the last dive on Friday - enjoying a successful week before heading back to Denmark.
Off to a warm start in tropical Hemmoor, Germany, where the third week of the May 2016 diving course took place. Deep dives, navigation, recording, rigging and lifting were all part of the plan in clear waters.    

May 2016 diving course starts…   Recently updated !

Diver and student communicate via hand signals during the dive.
In November 2015, the Fisheries and Maritime Museum in Esbjerg, in cooperation with Copenhagen University, Kattegatcenteret, Nordsøen Oceanarium and Den Blå Planet received 17.9 mill. kr. for a combined research and communication project. The project, called FiSK (Fisk, børn Sundhed og Kognition, in English: fish, children, health and cognition), seeks […]

Fish feeding