Part of an elk antler, found a few decades ago during the dredging of a navigational channel south of Skallingen (the entrance to Esbjerg channel).
The first Open Maritime Archaeology Day took place at the Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet/Saltvandsakvariet in Esbjerg on January 30, 2016. This past Saturday, interested members of the public had the opportunity to bring in unusual objects from their backyards, grandmothers’ attics, and walks along the beach. Students and archaeologists from the Maritime Archaeology Programme and […]

Open Maritime Archaeology Day!

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Recently the 3rd semester course, ‘Sustainable Management’, had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Denmark’s Conservation Centre in Brede, north of Copenhagen. We were shown around by conservator Kristiane Strætkvern, who kindly took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about the important work being done in Brede […]

Conservation in Brede

Dive supervisor Allanah conducts the de-briefing at the end of the day.
The dive course moves into its final week before exams: we’re diving in Lillebælt, between Jutland and the island of Fyn near Fredericia. Divers have been practicing their underwater rigging and construction skills, as well as rescue drills.

Dive course: Lillebælt

Idyllic Hemmoor ;-)
The commercial diving course is just back from a wet, cold but exciting week in Hemmoor. After deep dives, underwater recording, blindfolded rigging, construction and lifting, not to forget the rescue drills, the weekend is well deserved!      

Back from Hemmoor

Diver rescue drills: Warren is brought to shore by Benjamin and assisted by Allanah and Mattias.
The November-December 2015 MAP dive school has finished its first week of diving. We’ve been at Kjelst, north of Esbjerg, practicing underwater navigation, mask drills, and diver rescue drills.

Dive course: Kjelst week

A lovely morning at Kjelst - water temp: 9° C, air temp: 3° C.
The November-December 2015 MAP dive school has gotten underway. First dives this week at lovely Kjelst, north of Esbjerg.  

Dive course begins!

Members of the 2015 fieldschools received a warm welcome at the Slesvig Roklub lecture night
On November 20, 2015, members of both of MAP’s 2015 fieldschool teams travelled back to Schleswig, Germany, to present their findings. The two public lectures took place at the Slesvig Roklub (, our home away from home during the summer of 2015, in the lovely northern German town of Schleswig. […]

Schleswig Fieldschools 2015 – lecture night

Hello and welcome to the second blog post by MAP at the 2015 ISBSA 14. Wednesday’s theme was the current recording methods and how these are currently being employed by archaeologists in the field. Some of the talks that stood out were Pat Tanner, current PhD student at Southhampton, who […]

ISBSA 14 Part II

  Hello and welcome to our blog on the Maritime Archaeology Programmes participatioN in ISBSA 14. The International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology occurs every 4 years and is the largest gathering of experts in the field of maritime archaeology. This year the proceedings are taking place in Gdansk, […]

ISBSA 14, Gdansk   Recently updated !

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Last day of work in the field school season 2015. We had planned to return to an extension of the Viking Age barrier found at Reesholm. This extension is positioned ca. 1km east of the previously known barrier, and just south of a modern dredged sailing channel, near Kocksbarg, our […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 18

Wednesday morning dawned with low-hanging clouds and fog. But the wind had finally laid down and as we took off with our boats the sun began to burn off the mist uncovering blue skies in the distance. Perfect conditions to finally explore the sunken island of Kockbarg, our Site 5! […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 17