A talk by Daniel Pascoe in the Wellington Room of The Falstaff Hotel
The archaeological excavation of a Dutch East Indiaman on the Goodwin Sands
The Rooswijk was on its way to the Indies with a valuable cargo on board when the ship sank on the Goodwin Sands in Kent in January 1740. The wreck is threatened by natural conditions such as currents and shifting sands and an exploratory study of the wreck in 2016 has demonstrated a need to carry out urgent archaeological works.
An international team based in Ramsgate, Kent, are mapping the wreck and securing archaeological material for future generations and the talk will present the current work that is being undertaken as well as a history of the site.
This project is being run by The Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency in partnership with Historic England and progress can be followed on twitter using #Rooswijk1740
Daniel Pascoe has been a marine archaeologist for over ten years specialising in the investigation of historic shipwrecks. In that time he has worked for some of the main organisations in UK maritime archaeology including the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, the Mary Rose Trust and Wessex Archaeology. He is now director of Pascoe Archaeology Services. He has extensive experience ranging from fieldwork, survey, excavation through to post-fieldwork, research, reporting and publications. He is the nominated archaeologist for the designated sites of the Northumberland (wrecked 1703), the Hazardous (wrecked 1706). Daniel is also the Licensee and archaeologist for HMS Invincible (wrecked 1758) and co-chair of the Licensees’ Association. His extensive investigations and researching of these sites has resulted in the development of an excellent understanding and knowledge of 17th and 18th century shipwrecks, both underwater and in the archives.
Part of the Ramsgate Reflections series of heritage talks