School Children Visit The ADMAT Centre In Monte Cristi To Learn About Archaeology And Their Underwater Cultural Heritage
On November 2nd 2007 the youngest class from John’s English School (http://www.myspace.com/johns_english_school), and the principal of the school Jonny E. Marte, made a field trip to the ADMAT Maritime Archaeological Centre in Monte Cristi to learn about Maritime Archaeology and their Underwater Cultural Heritage.
Underwater Cultural Heritage is of great significance, it is an integral part of the cultural heritage of humanity and a particularly important element in the history of peoples, nations, and their relations with each other concerning their common heritage.
The school children aged 7 to 10 years old were first shown a Power Point computer presentation combined with a lecture by ADMAT’s President Dr. Simon Q. Spooner on the subject of what Maritime Archaeology is all about and the importance of Underwater Cultural Heritage, as well as being shown photos of the underwater part of ADMAT’s archaeological work. Dr. Spooner spoke in English, followed by Mr. Marte translating into Spanish assisted by Rami Rodriguez, so as to also improve the children’s knowledge of English. This made it a multi-discipline learning experience for the children.
Then Dr. Spooner took them outside to one of ADMAT’s large water tanks see anchors and cannons from The Tile Wreck site currently being desalinated as the initial part of conservation, before being sent to the Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico (ONPCS) laboratory in Santo Domingo for the 2nd stage of conservation and preparation for museum displays.
Next the children were escorted inside the ADMAT Centre’s large indoor tank-room and laboratory to learn more about how to get historical information from shipwreck artefacts and how to record them prior to final conservation, publications and museum displays.
At the end of the visit Simon said “I’m delighted that the younger generations of this great island nation are taking such a keen interest in the preservation of their Underwater Cultural Heritage. ADMAT hopes that this generation, who live in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, will take on the heavy burden of responsibility for protecting these historic shipwrecks and the wealth of information therein”.