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Archaeology and Offshore Development: Advancing our Archaeological Understanding through Collaboration with Industry

Author(s): Louise Tizzard

Year: 2017

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The last 15 years have seen a massive increase in offshore development around the UK which has provided archaeologists the opportunity to find and examine new sites from areas of seafloor, in deeper waters and further from the coastline than was previously possible.

 

In particular, collaboration between archaeologists, geologists, engineers and other stakeholders has significantly advanced our understanding of preservation of inundated palaeolandscapes over large areas, and the potential for archaeological sites to be found and investigated within these landscapes.

Although archaeological sites are relatively rare, those such as the Early Middle Palaeolithic site Area 240, provide a critical resource to aid reinterpretation of early prehistory in association with Quaternary palaeogeography. These finds are only part of the increasing number of discoveries from our marine cultural resource, leading to new understandings and raising the awareness of both the need for, and potential of, further archaeological works in the marine environment.


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Archaeology and Offshore Development: Advancing our Archaeological Understanding through Collaboration with Industry. Louise Tizzard. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435401)


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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 277

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America