GIRT course for those wanting to dive into archaeology

The citizen science project Gathering Information via Recreational and Technical (GIRT) Scientific Divers is being led by maritime archaeologist and conservator Dr Andy Viduka with support from Mercury Bay Museum, HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project, Dive Zone Whitianga, and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Full training in GIRT methodology will be given including improving people’s understanding of the condition of underwater cultural heritage sites and the factors that drive their preservation or deterioration. Participants will also be encouraged to have an active and positive public archaeology role.

Day two of the workshop will involve a ‘fins on’ practical session that will focus on the wreck of HMS Buffalo which lies in the shallows off Mercury Bay.

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