June 7th, 2011

Diving and Drums

Today we flipped our first drum, but it didn’t go as smoothly as we had planned. It took 3 dives to fill both balloons and in the end, apparently because of the loose (but deep) sand underneath, the drum became stuck at a 60 degree angle.  So, we deflated the balloons and were able to complete the task by adding a second sling and balloon that effectively pulled the buried portion of the drum out of the sand; almost akin to ‘sweeping’ it’s feet out from under!  But somewhere in the process one of the lifting straps was pushed out of the way, meaning that we now have to wiggle the strap through the sand and into place underneath the 6-ton drum.  Orkan had a great idea, however, which is to use our ratchet straps to fasten the lifting straps onto the exposed surface of each drum BEFORE we flip it, thus avoiding the possibility that the lifting straps will be ‘pushed’ out of the way by the flipping process.

2 Responses

  1. Eirini Karoutsos says:

    Hi I’m kind of curious about marine archaeology since there isn’t many colleges that offer such a course. Did any of the “team”(quotes because I don’t know what to call it) go to school especially for marine archaeology, and if so where?

  2. Deborah Carlson says:

    Yassou Eirini!
    The students participating in the 2011 Kizilburun excavation are graduate students in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, where I teach. INA has been affiliated with Texas A&M since 1976 and many (but certainly not all) participants on INA excavations are students pursuing graduate degrees in the Nautical Archaeology Program. Other excavation participants are volunteers from many different schools, disciplines, and countries. In the past I have worked with students from Southampton University (UK) but there are also academic programs at Eastern Carolina University (USA), the University of Rhode Island (USA), and Flinders University (AUS). So there are definitely programs where one can study marine / maritime / nautical archaeology, and if you’d like more information about our program at Texas A&M, you should start here:


    Good luck and thanks for reading our blog — there is more coming soon!

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