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Narodowe Muzeum Morskie w Gdańsku

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Underwater Archaeology in Poland

11.07.2011 |

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Underwater Archaeology in Poland
A temporary exhibition in the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk presents an area in which Poland was a pioneer and has been a leader ever since. It shows most interesting sites and shipwrecks explored by Museum's archaeologists. These are a mediaeval port of Puck, a Copper ship (15th century), the GENERAL CARLETON (18th century), the W-27 (18th century), the LORELEY (19th century), and the ARNGAST (20th century). Visitors can see original artefacts salvaged from the wrecks and preserved in the Museum's laboratories, and numerous photographs showing the work and equipment used by underwater archaeologists at individual sites. They can also watch a film about archaeological underwater survey of the 20th century shipwreck of a German tugboat the ARNGAST.

While watching the exhibition, the guests will have an opportunity to learn and see what a couple-of-century-old artefacts, salvaged from shipwrecks, look like (thanks to the efforts of the archaeologists) and become aware of the history of merchant and naval ships – often very dramatic – which ended their lives in the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Plunge with us in the underwater history!

The exhibition "Underwater Archaeology in Poland" was organised within the framework of "1 Sea – 4 Stories" exposition organised under the EU SeaSide Project. The exposition consisted of four parts prepared by maritime museums which participated in the Project, i.e. the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, the Maritime Museum Rostock, Germany, the Swedish Naval Museum in Karlskrona, and the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipeda. Now, that the Project is over, individual parts of the exhibition are presented in their parent institutions.
"Underwater Archaeology in Poland"
The Vistula River Museum in Tczew
11.07.2011 - 2.07.2014

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