HUMA Maritime archaeology Gotland
Field work at Almedalen (week 28, 2008)
The ’basecamp’ at Almedalen. The container was used for stowing gear and also provided shade for the divers during the hot summer days.
The divers had to climb a set of metal stairs put up especially for the occasion in order to reach the dive site. This project diver is carrying a yellow buoy with white string. The buoys were used for marking finds.
During week 28 many visitors passed by the dive site and heard about the project. In the left side of the picture a TV-screen was connected to an underwater video camera and showed live video from the dive site.
Project leader Göran Ankarlilja is illustrating the results of a dive on an underwater writing slate. Each line on the slate represents a search line underwater. The biggest rocks are drawn as well as all found objects.
After each dive the drawing on the underwater writing slate are transferred to a paper map and all observations from the dive entered into the project dive log.
The projects age president had also participated in archaeological dives in the 1960’s.
Two project divers ‘discussing’ and agreeing on their next actions. Un underwater communication system could not be applied as most of the divers were diving with half face masks.
The dives spend many hours with the metal detector in the waters outside Almedalen. The area was systematically searched along parallel lines.
Some of the most common finds were large cannon balls…
… and smaller lead balls (bullets).