Historic England have commissioned MSDS Marine to develop two products for forensically marking protected wreck sites.
Both products – one of which is SelectaDNA and the other, a university-developed solution - will be used by enforcement agencies to establish if artefacts have come from a particular wreck and if divers have been in contact with that wreck.
These methods are currently undergoing testing and development and will be trialled on four protected wreck sites in Spring 2019.
The aims of the marking project are three-fold:
:: To make it more difficult for criminals to sell-on stolen items from wreck sites; and to deter the crime in the first place.
:: To increase awareness among the local community including recreational divers, town councils, harbour authorities, marina users etc. of this type of heritage crime, in the hope that it will lead to an increase in vigilance and the reporting of suspicious or unusual behaviour.
:: To intrinsically link the recovered wreck material to the site from which it originated and those involved to the wreck material and/or site.
This is an exciting project as it represents a great opportunity to tackle heritage crime on protected wreck sites in future.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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