After landing in the Dominican Republic and experiencing the typical crazy driving of the locals en route to the ADMAT facility, our Phase #1 team was finally assembled.
Armed with our very own ex-NASA employee, artefact handler, local school teacher, and videographer… our motley volunteer force was eager to commence work on Le Dragon! However, our director Simon Spooner wisely refrained us, wanting us to be adequately prepared with the training for our specialized operation.
First and foremost, we tackled the basics of survey work.
Utilizing the tanks from the ADMAT facility (formerly a Chinese shrimp farm), we learned to construct grids, take measurements, and draw object arrangements on slates. As difficult as this was, the real challenge was then taking these skills and applying them underwater when the tank was filled!
The second key training was learning how to use metal detectors and gradiometers, and familiarizing ourselves with their respective sounds. These tools would be crucial for honing our excavation search and precision, and so proficiency in this area would be invaluable.
Having mastered these skills, we celebrated our progress at the local tavern – enjoying the frosty Dominican Presidente beer which is kept just above freezing point