Experts Unlock Old Shipwrecks
Byline: COLERAINE BY KAREN QUINN
UNDERSEA secrets have been uncovered by experts from the University of Ulster with the help of ultra-modern detection technology.
Once the preserve of powerful navies and exploration firms, state-of-the-art sonar technology is now in the armoury of the university's Centre for Maritime Archaeology (CMA).
Based at the university's Coleraine campus, the centre plays a vital role in finding out more about ancient shipwrecks and shifting sands.
Dr Rory Quinn, a lecturerat the CMA, said many old shipwreck sites and archeological landscapes lie in deep water, or in areas where effective diverinvestigations are limited by poor visibility.
"The science of maritime archaeology greatly benefits from the availability of sonar technology to relocate and map these shipwrecks and former occupation sites,'' he said.
CMA researchers are assessing data from recent surveys - including detection work at the site of the Spanish Armada ship Girona which went down off the north Antrim coast in 1588 and on La Surveillante which sank in Bantry Bay in 1797. …