In 2017 and 2018 the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), Historic England and MSDS Marine undertook a high profile excavation on the Rooswijk protected wreck site. Historic England commissioned MSDS Marine to create a virtual trail of the wreck to allow divers and non-divers alike to explore this fascinating site.
Explore 3D model of the wreck
Working with ArtasMedia and CyanSub, the trail was created using archival evidence, geophysical surveys, underwater photos and footage and cutting edge computer generated imagery. This evidence has been pieced together to bring the site to life and give the public a glimpse of what it is like to dive the wreck. New archaeological finds have been made available in 3D and users can explore a model of the wreck showing where they were found.
Fascinating wreck brought to life
Hefin Meara, Marine Archaeologist at Historic England said: “We are delighted to have been able to bring this fascinating wreck to life. The project has shown that underwater archaeology can be accessible to all, allowing us to dive into history from the comfort of our own home.”
Martijn Manders, manager of the international maritime heritage programme at the RCE and the Project Leader on the #Rooswijk1740 project, said: ‘Wrecks such as the Rooswijk are part of the shared cultural maritime heritage across Europe and it’s important that cultural heritage agencies are able to work together to ensure that sites like this are protected, researched, understood and appreciated by all. This virtual trail helps ensure that the public are able to understand and enjoy the wreck of the Rooswijk’.
Alison James, MSDS Marine, said, ‘Access for the public to protected wreck sites such as the Rooswijk is something that is really important as they are a shared asset for everyone to enjoy, not just the archaeological community. Virtual access such as on this trail incredibly important as it allows people to discover the site for themselves irrespective of their ability to physically access the site”.