Unlocking the Secrets of a Medieval Merchant Vessel
In 2002 construction of the Riverfront Theatre, venue for Digital Past 2017, was underway. While excavating the banks of the River Usk for the provision of an orchestra pit, the remains of a wooden sailing ship were uncovered by archaeologists and carefully recorded and raised for further study. This exceptional find, now known to be the most complete surviving ship of 15th century date, has so far undergone 14 years of meticulous research and conservation in order to reveal its history and preserve it for future generations.
Dr Toby Jones, Curator of the Newport Medieval Ship project, will provide a keynote presentation at Digital Past 2017 discussing how the utilisation of cutting edge digital technologies has aided in recording, understanding and conserving this internationally significant vessel, as well as the most up-to-date results of the analysis. In addition to the talk, a guided tour of the Newport Ship labs will be available (restricted numbers) on the morning of the 16th February, and the project will have an exhibition stand where information and expertise will be available over the two days.