Growing archaeological capability: A brand new MoU

MSDS Marine and Vestigia are happy to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to allow us to carry collectively the in depth expertise of each organisations for the good thing about underwater cultural heritage analysis, promotion, schooling, and pleasure. The MoU will allow continued supply of our high-quality archaeological companies throughout the North Sea and into the Netherlands to assist offshore renewables and different marine archaeology work. MSDS Marine and Vestigia respect one another’s information and expertise on this subject of their dwelling international locations, on the similar time recognising that the character of the archaeological useful resource spans borders and that worldwide collaboration is essential the efficient investigation, and interpretation.

Each MSDS Marine and Vestigia are absolutely functioning, and profitable organisations with present administration constructions and employees. They’re each recognised as market leaders in archaeology within the UK and the Netherlands and bringing the varied abilities of the 2 organisations collectively will be certain that we are able to maximise the good thing about our work by rising public worth and selling good apply by means of innovation and abilities growth.

Mark James, Director of MSDS Marine, mentioned ‘Having labored throughout the North Sea area by means of our growth work for a few years and with Dutch colleagues to ship the #Rooswijk1740 challenge of which MSDS Marine are the UK challenge managers, we’re delighted to be working with Vestigia by means of this MoU’.

MSDS Marine and Vestigia complement one another in delivering specialised archaeological companies and by utilizing present networks. The Dutch marketplace for maritime archaeological companies is increasing, nevertheless entry to the Dutch market is hindered by strict certification necessities and language limitations in tenders and for reviews. The MoU allows us to discover alternatives and add worth to our purchasers by means of every events information and experience.

MSDS Marine carry two Senior KNA registered underwater archaeologists, Alison James and Mat Polakowski, to the partnership which allows supply of underwater initiatives going down within the Netherlands. Vestigia is a – beneath KNA/BRL – absolutely licensed archaeological firm with a 22 yr lengthy observe report in heritage consultancy and archaeological analysis and excavations on land in addition to underwater. 

We can be engaged on our first joint challenge within the IJsselmeer, not removed from Amsterdam, later this summer time and sit up for creating additional hyperlinks and sharing information to assist capability constructing within the sector.

Vestigia has been commissioned by the Cultural Heritage Company of the Netherlands (RCE) to hold out an underwater investigation of a lately found historic wreck in the midst of the IJsselmeer.  This picket wreck probably dates to the 16th century. The aim of the small underwater excavation this summer time, is to look at the state of conservation, and to gather information that may result in additional identification and the usage of the ship itself, and to discover prospects for preservation. Work can be carried out by a specialised staff of underwater archaeologists from Baars-Cipro (Lijnden), MSDS Marine (UK) and Vestigia (Amersfoort).   

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