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…

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

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!

brede 2
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