June 29, 2006

By Nigel Sadler

To run any archaeological field work, specialist equipment is required. At the same time the everyday mundane items are also needed. For a maritime archaeological project this requires boats, and all their paraphernalia such as engines, containers for gas and diving gear.

As the project is also carrying out a test excavation on the wooden wreck found in 2004 dredge pumps and hoses have also been brought in to help move some of the sand.

All this equipment arrived on Island on Monday and the paperwork was cleared yesterday. Don Keith and Nigel Sadler spent the morning collecting all these items and after 6 car journeys the equipment is now at the museum for unpacking and testing before it is moved to the exploration vessel.

The Museum would like to thank all the customs officers who helped make this process smooth.