I’m always interested in how data is recorded on different excavations, so a recent post on Digital Archaeology Group caught my eye. SiteRecorder is a PC based application for recording maritime archaeology using a GIS based approach.
The program has been designed for collecting data during fieldwork and creating site plans by combining detailed site drawings and survey data. Site Recorder can manage thousands of finds, photographs, survey data, dive logs, samples and documents – all the information relating to an underwater or intertidal site. Items can be associated with one another allowing quick and easy retrieval for analysis and interpretation.
I have no plans to learn to dive but I’m guessing that records aren’t made underwater using a PC, but this seems like an effective (and widely used) tool for recording shipwrecks and other underwater features.
Free demo and manuals are available here.