Fieldwork Projects

All our fieldwork projects

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

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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

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

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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

David working on his Site 3 data.
Sunday night, as the students went to sleep, black clouds begun to roll up the Schlei and gather above Schleswig. The rhythmic tapping of the rain against the windows may have send some of us to a peaceful sleep but the thunder rumbling in the distance kept many awake. There […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Days 15-16

Day 14 brought the opportunity for the students from the SDU Maritime Archaeology Programme to take a break from diving and recording and take advantage of a research trip to the newest exhibit at the Schloss Gottorf Landesmuseen (Gottorf Castle Museum). The trip was very kindly organised for us by […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 14

Basic measurements of the plank were taken back at the dock in nearby Missunde.
At Site 3 again, Kielfot. The day started dividing the people in two groups: The side scan sonar team in the red boat (“The Red Lego piece”) and the diving team in the black boat (“Black Commando”). Meanwhile, the diving team was getting ready in Missunde, the sonar team started […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 13

We divided the group in two teams, side scan sonar (Athena, Miriam, Christian, Sigurd and Kristian) and survey team (Veerle, Julia, Adam, Mike and David). The sonar team went to the Site 1 to map the area; survey team went to Site 3 to make a survey from the land. […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 12

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On Thursday, the team’s composition was changed in order to get yesterday’s house personal in the field. We returned to Site 4, Kockbarg. As soon as our first diver was conducting her first pendulum swing, she announced via coms that she held a piece of ceramic in her hands. The […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 11

Using the side-scan sonar to survey at Site 5.
As day 10 dawned, the field school had reached its half-way point. After finishing survey on a possible sunken and petrified Bronze Age forest in Fleckeby (Site 4), the team was ready to open a new site on the shoal of Kockbarg (Site 5), a location that could potentially hold […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 10