Wessex Archaeology, Coastal & Marine and Geoservices divisions, have been developing market-leading expertise in submerged prehistory and palaeolandscapes research for well over a decade. As part of the remit to disseminate work Wessex Archaeology have synthesised the results of the last 15 years of the great number of commercial investigations and research in this newly-published review for the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.

The paper summarises over a century of interest in submerged prehistoric landscapes under the North Sea and around all the coasts of the British Isles, from early theories trying to understand how our early prehistoric ancestors lived within now-flooded offshore landscapes to current high-tech survey methods for investigating sites and inundated river systems.

The review provides a comprehensive bibliography and online resources (many open-access) to encapsulate the work to-date on this fascinating and rapidly developing discipline of submerged prehistoric archaeology.

The team at Wessex can share the article via this LINK until January 30, 2016, no sign up or registration is needed – just click and read! After this date the site provides an abstract and a login prompt.

By Dr Andrew Bicket, Senior Archaeologist, Coastal & Marine and Dr Louise Tizzard, Technical Manager, Marine Geophysics