April 8th saw the second Maritime Archaeology Day collaboration between the students of SDU’s Maritime Archaeology Program (MAP) and the Fisheries and Maritime Museum (Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet) in Esbjerg. The event was included in the museum’s scheduled events for the Easter week from April 8th to April 16th.
Artefacts, dive gear, recording equipment and digital 3D models were on display for guests to touch, try and discuss. The majority of visitors on Saturday were children under the age of 14 who showed great interest as the students helped them into the diving gear, taught them how to tie knots, and demonstrated how to record artefacts. They also happily walked away with chocolate coins and temporary ‘sailor’ tattoos.
Though the public didn’t bring in any of their own artefacts to record, the Museum put on display several interesting finds from storage, including a beautifully carved wooden arm from a ship’s figure head, a banged up heavy copper basin with an intriguing shape and handles, and an old navigational instrument called an octant with an engraved design of a bird carrying a branch (a common symbol for the story of Noah’s Ark). These artefacts can be found on display in the main lobby.
Thank you to the students of MAP and the employees of the museum for making this event happen. Looking forward to another great day next year!