Underwater Archeology

Underwater archaeology—also known as marine, maritime, or nautical archaeology—systematically records, documents and studies the remains of human-built structures and the evidence of human activities found underwater or near bodies of water, such as shipwrecks, harbours, wharves and other maritime structures. Documentation is key to archaeology—not just the meticulous recording of the features and timbers of the wreck but the precise location of each object found. This information not only sheds light on ship design, technology and construction techniques, but also on trade relations and seafaring traditions.

Museum Projects

For over 35 years, archaeological work has been carried out under the aegis of the Museum in association with some of the world’s leading underwater archaeology programs and archeologists, in an effort to document, survey, interpret and protect Bermuda’s rich underwater cultural heritage. All archaeological data, finds and reports are held in trust at the Museum for the benefit of the public. The results are published in the Museum’s annual journal and in the members’ magazine, and the research underpins all exhibits and educational programming.

2008–12 Warwick, 1612