Field School Objectives& Methodology:
The objectives for the 2017 season, are to survey the known wreck site and to map and record all we find. We will begin by using the DX200 Underwater Gradiometer by Aquascan to survey the surrounding area and to locate any ferrous targets. Then a grid will be specially constructed to be installed over the remains of the wreck site.
Each square will be documented and when completed the overburden of rubble will be removed so that a closer look at the remains can be determined. It is hoped that some of the hull remains can be located as well as other diagnostic artefacts. At the end of the survey the Team will remove the grid and sandbag the site.
The Team will also work in the lab recording the artefacts already recovered from The Tile Wreck using the specially designed databases. For the diving team, their time will be split between diving days and recording days on an equal basis.
During the diving days, the team will measure and record the remaining artefacts and archaeological training will be given on survey equipment and various relevant archaeological lectures will also be run, weather and time permitting.
This is a very active field school, with as much diving as we can do. All team members will be expected to muck in and take active part in all tasks. This is not a beach holiday.