Day two started out early with the boat shepherding the first group to the platform at 8 am. After some discussion and debriefing last night, It was decided that the goal for the day was to set up the airlift and to start cleaning the site, while the students begin to draw sections that were exposed after some cleaning.
The first dives of the day were spent setting up, and cleaning, while the later two dive teams, consisting of one professional underwater archaeologist and one student, began drawing and labelling sections of the ceiling/ hull of the ship.
Three of the students from Southern Denmark on site have been commercially qualified in Denmark in SCUBA, and are therefore familiar with the basic kit, however on site the equipment has a different set up with even more safety features, such as large battery packs, and an extra safety bail out bottle. But as students do, and with the help and good humour of the commercial team, we were able to pick it up, and now we can assist more in dressing the divers in and out of the water. However, improvements can still be made in all areas, especially the cleaning of the equipment, and the familiarity with what coloured barrel holds what.
We also had an opportunity to look over all the data available on this wreck, as well as many others in the lake that has been collected by Johan over time. This has allowed us to start becoming more familiar with not only this wreck, but the wreck landscape of the lake, and of the wreck the field school is excavating in shallower water nearby. With this knowledge, we can start planning exactly what we want to do in week 3, finding and adding questions that we want answered, and we have begun already planning what type of data we want to collect with different methods. While some things are familiar, there are many new things to be learned on this site that we can apply to our studies, and our own projects, and so far we have not been disappointed!
My name is Selina Ali; I am a Masters student from the Maritime Archaeology Programme at Southern Denmark University, in Esbjerg. I am from Southern California, but specialise in Northern European shipbuilding. The university has good connections with the Maritime Programme of the Dutch government and we were able to participate at this year’s field school.