AMAP2 - Characterising the Potential for Wrecks

SeaZone Solutions Limited, University of Southampton, 2012

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The AMAP2 project aims to improve the management of the marine environment through the enhancement of baseline data for marine spatial planning and by providing the basis for a more justified assessment of potential for unrecorded wrecks. This is being sought through improving our understanding of the relationships between the physical properties of wrecks and their surrounding environmental condition gained through an analysis of the distributions of wrecks of shared characteristics in English waters. The main objective of the project is the development of a characterisation of the variables affecting the potential for archaeological materials to exist and survive on the seabed.

The characterisation is being developed through the integration of the methodology applied during the AMAP1 - Refining areas of Maritime Archaeological Potential for Shipwrecks (AMAP1) with the modelling of marine environmental data based on techniques developed by University of Southampton (UoS), to produce a considered assessment of environmental character on a national scale.

The development of the methodology has been undertaken across a pilot area encompassing the Thames Estuary and Goodwin Sands based on the EU funded MACHU project areas. The aim of AMAP2 is to enhance the methodology for the characterisation of archaeological potential for shipwrecks. This has been done through:

  • Phase 1 - quality testing of previous results from AMAP1
  • Phase 2 - improved baseline information enabling more accurate data analysis
  • Phase 3 - added expertise of staff at SeaZone and the UoS.