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Category: Archaeology

The Big Anchor Project Makes a Splash

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th February 2019

Citizen scientists around the world are being urged to share their anchor ‘finds’ following the relaunch of an online resource that aims to be the world’s biggest public record of these iconic objects.  The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) has relaunched the popular Big Anchor Project following a generous public …

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Tour of the HMS Erebus, with Parks Canada archaeologists

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 16th April 2015

Parks Canada have just uploaded a high-definition video on the first-ever tour of the shipwreck of HMS Erebus provided by our archaeologists. Read about the next part of their expedition here.  

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Archaeology and Navy divers team up to explore Erebus

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2015

Divers are set to revisit the sunken Franklin ship HMS Erebus in the arctic over the next week or so in an ambitious joint operation that will pair up Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Service and Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic and Pacific) divers in the first under …

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UASBC’s Shipwrecks 2015 Conference – ‘Arctic Exploration’ on May 9, Vancouver

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 27th March 2015

Without any doubt, the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia’s most popular and exciting, non-diving event is our annual SHIPWRECKS conference. While you will need to leave your regulators and scuba tanks at home for this event,  there will be no shortage of diving stories, and divers to meet, …

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The Lost Dhow Exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 3rd February 2015

Artifacts recovered from a shipwreck off Singapore are currently on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. See the next issue of DIVER for the feature by writer Stephen Weir.          

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New Zealand’s Mikhail Lermontov: A Wreck to Die For

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2014

New Zealand’s Mikhail Lermontov reveals a tragic tale of duels, death and poetic injustice, but it’s a helluva sunken ship to explore Text by Kevin Davidson and H.E. Sawyer Photography by Kevin Davidson This tale comes from Soviet Russia, so naturally it’s a tragedy. And a tragedy born out …

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Florida’s Shipwrecks: Museums in the Sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 24th October 2014

Underwater archaeological preserves reveal history of this sunny, seafaring state Text by Franklin H. Price For a landmass almost completely surrounded by the sea, it’s no big surprise that maritime history figures prominently in its story. It’s certainly true of Florida, southernmost of the continental United States and with …

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Finding Franklin

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 2nd October 2014

The Franklin ship discovered in early September by the 2014 search team in the Canadian arctic has been identified as HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 two-ship expedition and the vessel directly under his command.  HMS Terror, remains to be found. The confirmation was made by …

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EXOSUIT used in hunt for world’s oldest computer

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 4th September 2014

In a mission through time Nuytco’s robotic Exosuit is set to dive on an ancient shipwreck in the Greek isles for an uncommon artifact called the ‘Antikythera mechanism’. Used for predicting astronomical events, the advanced mechanical calculator was developed in antiquity and is often characterized as the world’s oldest …

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Modern technology meets old in the depths of a frigid sea

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th August 2014

Clearance divers of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), with a little help from their nimble little ROVs, revisit the remains of HMS Breadalbane during the military’s annual arctic readiness exercise – Operation Nunalivut 2014 A dive into the past serves the future. That’s how clearance divers from …

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D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 20th May 2014

Documentary airing May 28th 9pm ET/PT on PBS Our new issue’s cover story on the mapping of D-Day wrecks along the Normandy shore is focus of a new PBS documentary airing May 28, with a DVD release set for June 10. D-Day’s Sunken Secrets recalls that historic WWII invasion, and reveals the unseen battlefield …

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Rare Huron Pottery Found in Laurentians Lake

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 9th April 2014

By Jeffrey Gallant   Divers Jean-Louis Courteau and Jacques Lech were exploring a Laurentians lake for an old truck that broke through the ice nearly a century ago when they came across something just a tad older. In fact, their find in November was likely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. What …

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The Hamilton and Scourge Project: Past, Present and Future

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 15th February 2014

Text by Michael McAllister and Ian Kerr-Wilson Following publication of Civil Disobedience Wreck Diving in DIVER Volume 38 Number 7 the City of Hamilton expressed interest in outlining its initiatives and future plans for the Hamilton and Scourge historical site in its charge. This post is the FULL City …

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Bicentennial Survey a First

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 21st October 2013

First magnetometer survey of Hamilton and Scourge may reveal new debris field artefacts of the Lake Ontario heritage wrecks Text and Photos by Joseph Frey   Sailing out of Ontario’s historic Port Dalhousie on a glorious late June morning I imagine the treed shoreline of western Lake Ontario looks …

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Underwater Structure: Man made, natural or UFO?

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 29th May 2013

In the current issue of DIVER magazine, Andy Murch travels to Japan’s Yonaguni Island to dive the infamous Yonaguni Ruins. Opinions regarding the ruins are split between those that believe the ruins are natural, those that believe they are man made, and in the video below, those that think …

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Hatteras Exposed

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 23rd May 2013

Sonar map reveals new details of sunken Civil War-era warship A hundred and fifty years ago in January, the U.S. navy gunboat Hatteras was sunk during a battle with the famous Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama. It was one of the skirmishes that saw the key southern port of …

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DIVER magazine at SHIPWRECK 2013

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 22nd March 2013

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 19th annual Shipwrecks Symposium Saturday, April 6, 2013 and DIVER Magazine will be there! A popular event for Ontario and New York State area divers, the event is staged in Welland, Ontario. This one-day symposium on shipwrecks features multimedia presentations and internationally …

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Code name: Habbakuk – ‘Most Secret’

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 11th November 2012

Text by Susan R. Eaton The Allies had a plan to crush Nazi aggression using gigantic iceberg aircraft carriers built in Canada’s north. Code named Habbakuk, the scheme was eventually torpedoed and the prototype vessel sank in a remote Rocky Mountain lake. Most shipwrecks are frozen in time, but …

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Diving Lake Minnewanka

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 13th June 2012

Lake Minnewanka has a rich history. There are recorded archaeological sites showing pre-contact occupations that cover an entire 10,000 year period. Artifacts have been found from the early, middle and late pre-contact periods. The Minnewanka site is one of a series of such early sites in the lower Bow …

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‘There are strange things done in the midnight sun…’

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 31st October 2011

First on deck since the arctic claimed her 150 years ago, Parks Canada underwater archaeologists find HMS Investigator laden with artifacts in the shallows of Mercy Bay, beneath a diminishing polar ice pack. Text by Peter Golding Sam McGee from Tennessee ‘was always cold, but the land of gold …

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Mars the Magnificent

  • DIVER Editorial
  • 30th October 2011

Found! They think. Swedish tech divers believe they’ve discovered the wreck of the legendary and elusive Mars, flagship of their country’s navy, almost five centuries ago. Archaeologically, the find would be of global importance. Text by Richard Lundgren – Photography by Ingemar Lundgren   The Year of Our Lord, …

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