The European SASMAP research project ran from 2012 to 2015. For this project, eleven partners from seven different countries worked together to develop methods and techniques to detect, identify, and protect underwater heritage in situ. Government agencies like the RCE and the National Museum of Denmark partnered with several innovative small businesses, including the German Innomar (3D sub-bottom profiling) and SSCS (developing artificial seagrass). Read more about SASMAP on the following website:
In the spring of 2015, the closing symposium was held in the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark. The results of three years of research were presented to archaeologists, policy officers, and several students from the Netherlands and abroad on the first day of the meeting. On the second day, participants were given demonstrations of several techniques, such as the artificial seagrass and the 3D sub-bottom profiler. They could also try out several newly developed devices, such as the handheld vibracore, a device used to measure the degradation of wood under water.
The results of SASMAP were used to create two guidelines: one on the process of underwater heritage management and another on using new methods and techniques. These guidelines will be published and will form the basis for the new guideline that is currently being developed for the Netherlands.