Guidance of Nautical Archaeology Standards

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Shipwrecks added since November 2014

SS Newholm
SS Ambassador
SS Mendi
SS Skaala
Privateer Dragon 1757
MV Napoli
MV Lucy
HMT Caroline
German Submarine U-260
SS Basil
Glenart Castle
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Photograph of the cover of the NAS Handbook.There are various sources that can be used to  get some idea of how to go about Nautical Archaeology. As well as books such as the one shown on the right, from the NAS, there are also websites with advice such as:

Introduction to Standards  & Guidance in Archaeological Practice (ISGAP)

      Also be aware that there are various organisation that will need to be involved with your project.

If you plan to put a buoy on the site for more than 28 days or want to
investigate the site by digging you will need to contact the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for a licence

If you recover any artefacts you need to contact the Receiver of Wrecks
They will decide what happens to these artefacts

If you find anything of historic importance you will also need to contact English Heritage who will advice you how to proceed and if necessary give the wreck protected status.

If your project falls into a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) then this may affect what you can do on the site

Guide to Underwater and Foreshore Archaeology Techniques, Methods and Tools  by 3Hconsulting

       The other things you are going to have to consider is the conservation of any items recovered and an eventual home for them.