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Dial up the Island’s wrecks

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:29

MARITIME archaeologists are using new techniques to make underwater sites known to the public.
In a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the West Wight Landscape Partnership (WWLP), researchers from the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA) have used the mobile phone application Wikitude to map eight underwater locations around the west coast of the Isle of Wight.
The Augmented Reality software, which is free to download onto smart phones, allows people on the shore to use their smart phone to see where a shipwreck or submerged landscape is and access information about it.
HWTMA project officer Christin Heamagi said: "This is a wonderful way for people to explore underwater heritage through modern media."
The project has produced an online interactive map of sites, a downloadable podcast and a 25-page colour guide book, which is available in Island retailers and online.
The guidebook is the fourth in WWLP’s series of Isle of Wight walks, which also includes another guide by the trust that leads walkers around the Victorian coastal batteries overlooking the Needles passage.
For more information, visit www.hwtma.org.uk/sunkensecrets

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

 


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