Deeptrek and Archaeology

Archaeology is the science that studies human cultures through the recovery, documentation, analysis, and interpretation of material remains and environmental data including; architecture, artefacts, features, biofacts, and landscapes.It has become one of the most emotional and evocative subjects studied by man.

It should be made clear that Deeptrek is not an archaeological company but rather a company that employs archaeological techniques and methodologies in our recovery operations. We employ archaeologists as directors of our company and as consultants on all of our projects. Deeptrek represents what we feel is the next step in the evolution of this science where private sector know-how and capital come together to rescue and share the amazing resource that are shipwrecks.

The past is much more than the words in a book, artefacts locked away in some museum storage rooms or even those carefully displayed in museum cases. The past is where we as humans, individuals, families or even civilisations have been. These collections of physical remains and other evidence are what was left behind by persons or groups who lived and died in another age, and archaeologists are privileged in being able to study these remains, working to piece together the story of life long since gone.

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Here at Deeptrek, we bring more than just passion and knowledge to this field, we bring unrivalled experience and technological expertise to a field that frequently suffers from the use of out dated techniques and poorly funded excavations. We believe that the past deserves the best treatment everyday it is under assault whether by high-energy sea locations, human agencies, or poor excavations.

The USS Monitor, a protected NOAA marine Sanctuary is an idea example of a site that has been blocked from diving by NOAA to the public and diving professionals, but since it was located it has been monitored and found to be disintegrating at a high rate of speed. It was disappearing so quickly that a rescue mission had to be done to raise the turret before if was lost for all mankind. So here is a site protected from divers and the public, yet it still deteriorated to the point that in years to come there will be nothing but a stain on the sea floor to remind us of this once great ship. We feel that this proves "In Situ" Preservation is a myth used by certain special interests in the field to halt true, legitimate investigations, recoveries and rescues of the imperilled past.

In the current economic environment, funding around the world is being cut for Universities, Government funded teams and other programs. Archaeology is in a dire condition. Without the intervention of the private sector, more and more shipwrecks will be lost for all time, due to inaction.

Deeptrek works to a strict in-house code of conduct, ethics and standards when working with archaeological remains and sites. We believe that everyone has a right to properly access the past, not just those that can dive to visit these wrecks.

Every wreck is a figurative time capsule, however, once the wreck is discovered it is only a matter of time before much of it is lost. Natural degradation, especially in high energy zones or regrettably frequently assisted by the actions of man (such as trawl damage) can cause a total loss of the wreckage before it can be studied and examined to determine the information it can bring to the field of marine archaeology and history.

Deeptrek's archaeological program is the most aggressive, technical system that has been custom built from the ground up. After working on private sector and Government sponsored Archaeological programs from Australia, US and the UK we have seen the pitfalls of under funded projects that lack any form of technical program. Deeptrek’s program is built on the latest technical equipment, mostly designed for the commercial oil and gas programs, including laser scaling camera’s, the ability to measure in true 3D with specialized measuring systems, Long and Short Base Line Systems to name a few.

Deeptrek utilizes commercial programs: Subsea Survey, Diving, ROV systems both Inspection and Work Class, with the latest in cutting edge technology we have taken our Archaeological program to the next level. For example, helmet mounted camera systems (with lights and dual laser measuring systems and communications) give our teams the ultimate in control and input from the diver through to the Dive superintendent, project team and Archaeologist on the vessel.

Deeptrek's archaeological database is in place and is a relational information system that can assist archaeologists in the analysis and interpretation of shipwrecks that Deeptrek encounters.