Andrew Fielding 1 - The Mary Rose was THE under water archaeology project.
Andrew joined the Mary Rose excavation in 1977. He was an archaeologist and had worked on other underwater sites. He initially started as a volunteer, but soon became Deputy Director of Archaeology on the project.
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The Mary Rose was THE under water archaeology project, it was probably the only one that was based on archaeology rather than diving and throughout all the time that I was there, I probably never really considered myself as a diver, I was an archaeologist, and I was just using the diving as a vehicle to go and do the archaeology. It was like getting in a car and driving to a site, you have to breathe to be under water but the diving side of it, from my point of view, was only a method of actually getting to the site.
The Mary Rose was THE under water archaeology project.
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The ship sank very, very quickly
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If it had sunk on a harder seabed, there would be nothing left for us to find
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It's like finding a great 16th century house
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There were frogs and there were rat bones
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The backgammon board I think was a pretty spectacular thing
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