NAS EAST ANGLIA 2014
LOCAL ACTIVITIES 2014
JUNE 27 - 29
Intertidal Survey of the King's Lynn Foreshore
Marriott’s Warehouse Trust
In Partnership with
West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society,
Nautical Archaeology Society and
CITiZAN: Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (MOLA)
A successful survey was conducted and the results are currently being collated. Material recorded included some 20 animal bones/teeth, Medieval roof tiles, Late Medieval pottery and Post-Medieval pottery. An abandoned hulk was also measured and tentatively identified as Breton fishing vessel sold into UK ownership.
RARE SIGHTING OF SEA HENGE IN JUNE 2013
On 22 June 2013 a group of 25 NAS members and members of the West Norfolk
and King's Lynn Archaeological Society chanced upon Sea Henge II. Usually covered
by shifting sand and mud this iconic circular Bronze Age religious site was
clearly visible at low water. The sighting was a memorable
event for everyone present.
EAST ANGLIA ACTIVITIES 2012
Survey work continued on the bronze age anchorage site in Cyprus where an additional 40+ artefacts were discovered at 10-20m depth. Collaboration with the University of Cyprus in Nicosia has continued to good effect. The University's impressive photomosaic recording has been a highlight.
Worked stone, possibly from an adjacent abandoned quarry was also found (above)
EAST ANGLIA ACTIVITIES 2011
An excellent weekend (13-14 August 2011) was spent on three intertidal wrecks in Norfolk: the Vina, the Vicuna and an unnamed 19C fishing vessel. The Group also discovered the remains of a third wooden vessel which seems to have been missed in the Rapid Coastal Zone Survey, commissioned by English Heritage.
A drainage channel to allow the tide to flow out from the scour around the unnamed wreck
Survey measurements of the unidentified wooden fishing vessel
Unidentified wooden fishing vessel
The Vina - with the steam boiler clearly visible
A well earned rest?
FINAL RESULTS FROM THE SURVEY OF THE STEAM TRAWLER SHERATON
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Two further NAS Part II surveys have been completed by Robert White and Mark Hammond respectively. These reports complete survey measurements of the stern portion of the wreck, tracing out the fine underwater profile which characterises this type of vessel and creating an archive record, especially valuable as no builder's drawings exist of the Sheraton. Meanwhile Jezz Davies has obtained further information on the ST Viola, a stranded vessel located in South Georgia that we had thought was to the Sheraton's design. It now appears that while from the same yard the Viola is smaller in LOA. Despite this difference measurements made on the Viola's mast have helped interpret the mast section excavated at Hunstanton.
Mast of the Viola (below) shows the iron collar similar to that seen on the the Sheraton's mast?
NAS - UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS BRONZE AGE ANCHORAGE PROJECT
2010 - 2012
Project initiated by NAS East Anglia Members
Model of Bronze Age Ship 1350 BC.
Copyright: Martin Bahmann - GNU Commons
Rob White and Simon Draper, NAS East Anglia members, located two single-hole Bronze Age anchors and pottery artefacts in an exploratory survey in Cyprus, May 2010.
Preparing for a shore dive - a longish swim to the site.
A dive boat was available for several days with a grant from the Joan du Plat Taylor Fund
Anchor No 1 - possibly the largest stone anchor ever found in the region.
Below: pottery wedged tightly in a crevice in the rocks.
In September 2010 a return visit was made and a Byzantine anchor was located.