The 3rd of October, a couple of students from the MAP went to Køge with the SDU MAP van. Their mission was to get even smarter in the field of maritime archaeology by attending this conference on naval conflicts in the Baltic in the light of archaeology and history. Their journey started on a cold morning 5.30 am at Hedelundvej. The van was full of sleeping students and the only sound you could hear (except the noise from a half-flat tire) was two people in the front talking German.
After about three hours the van had arrived to the hotel where the conference was supposed to be held. There were about 40 participants in the conference and most of them were involved in maritime archaeology. Amongst them were also two archaeologists from HUMA (Heritage Underwater Maritime Archaeology) which two of the first year’s students had helped in an excavation earlier this year. Every lecturer presented their work for about half an hour and the lectures were about everything from techniques used for shipbuilding to underwater excavations. Every lecture ended with questions and some discussion. Pauses with loads of free coffee were appreciated by most people, as the really tasty blueberry cake who was served in one of the breaks.
The two days of conference was not just about sitting and listening to lectures. A guided tour in the beautiful city of Koge was offered and the tour ended with a nice cold beer in a cozy cellar-pub.
The trip to Koge ended with a reception at the museum. This day was the 300 year anniversary of the explosion of the Danish man of war Dannebroge on the 4th October 1710. A nice exhibition had been made with models of ships and different findings from wreck sites. A lot of food, pastries, wine and beer were served on this special day. Right after the reception the students and their teacher got in to the blue van for new adventures and geophysics.