Shipwrecks – there’s an app for that

Marine archaeologists get tech-savvy with smartphone app

Author: Pat
3rd February 2012
 

Hampshire archaeologists have created a mobile phone app listing shipwreck sites around the Isle of Wight.

The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA) mapped sites around the western end of the island.┬áThe ‘Sunken Secrets’ app uses the Wikitude map facility to mark out the locations.

Archaeologists aren’t a cash-rich lot as you can imagine, so lucky then that lottery funding was provided. The Trust hopes the free-to-download app is just one of many new techniques it can use to make underwater sites known to the public.

Launch the app on a Smart Phone and the user can instantly see where a shipwreck or submerged landscape is, and access information about it.

As well as Wikitude, the Sunken Secrets project has produced an online interactive map of sites. And there’s also a downloadable podcast and a full-colour 25 page booklet that is available in local retailers and online.

HWTMA Project Officer Christin Heamagi said: “This is a wonderful way for people to explore underwater heritage through modern media.

“With Wikitude they can also stand on the coast and, by pointing their phone out to sea, see where a shipwreck is and instantly access information online.”

 
 
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