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Time Team post-excavation reports 2004

The technical post-excavation reports for the 2009 Time Team series (series 16) are now online. Reports can be viewed directly on our website, or downloaded for offline viewing and printing.

Visit our Time Team reports section to see reports from other years.

Data Downloads

Some of our larger projects and joint ventures with partner organisations create large digital datasets. Material can include texts, databases, digital images, and GIS files. We are making several datasets available for download via our website and the Archaeology Data Service.
Visit the archaeology data downloads section to find out more.

Archaeocast 14 now available

Archaeocast logoThe latest edition of Archaeocast, our archaeology podcast, is now available. Listen to Archaeocast 14 and catch up with our Coastal and Marine geophysical survey team as they continue to study the submerged prehistory of aggregate licence Area 240 in the North Sea.

If you would like to, you can subscribe to Archaeocast via iTunes (it's free), and receive the latest episodes automatically.

Two new ebooks online

Two of our recent books are now available to download for free. The titles An Iron Age Settlement outside Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster and Sites along the Southern Range Road, and Cambourne New Settlement can both be viewed online via the Scribd iPaper viewer, or downloaded as a PDF.

A few hard copies of both titles are still available to buy.

Cambourne New Settlement front coverCambourne New Settlement front cover Cover for An Iron Age Settlement outside Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster and Sites along the Southern Range RoadCover for An Iron Age Settlement outside Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster and Sites along the Southern Range Road

Wessex Archaeology opens new office in Sheffield

Wessex are pleased to announce the opening of a new office in the City of Sheffield. This new addition significantly strengthens our national service and complements our existing regional centres in Salisbury and Maidstone.

The Sheffield office covers the north of England and offers the full range of archaeological services. These includes historic buildings and landscape surveys; evaluation, excavation and watching brief; desk-based assessments and Environmental Statements; and all aspects of post-excavation and publication.

We are delighted that our two key senior managers in the office, Richard O’Neill and Oliver Jessop, are already well known locally, having many years experience of working in Sheffield and the north of England.

For more information contact:

Richard O’Neill on 07876 507943
Oliver Jessop on 07770 605256

Wessex Archaeology - Sheffield
Unit R6, Sheaf Bank Business Park, Prospect Road, Sheffield S2 3EN
Tel: 0114 255 9774

Launch of National Museum of Royal Navy

VictoryWessex Archaeology was very pleased to attend the launch of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), which combines the museums of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Navy Submarines and Fleet Air Arm. The new unified museum is intended to provide a strategic focus and improve the profile of naval heritage and collections, whilst continuing to develop the four sites (Portsmouth, Southsea, Yeovilton and Gosport). Wessex Archaeology is frequently involved in the investigation of RN heritage – ships, submarines, aircraft and dockyards – so the new NMRN is very welcome. Speeches by the Government Minister and the First Sea Lord emphasised the important role of maritime heritage in today’s society and were followed by a rolling broadside from HMS Victory and a performance by the Royal Marines Band. There is more information about the NMRN launch at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and a clip of HMS Victory’s broadside at The News.

Three more WA Staff qualify as Commercial Divers

Photo courtesy of the Underwater Centre, Fort William ( Wessex Archaeology has three newly qualified commercial divers. The trio, Nic Bigourdan, Andrea Hamel and Kevin Stratford - all Archaeologists in our Coastal and Marine team - have spent five weeks at Fort Williams’s Underwater Centre in Scotland training for their HSE Surface Supplied commercial diving qualification.
Although we have supported several staff carrying out such training in previous years, this is the first time that Wessex Archaeology has fully funded the commercial course. Wessex Archaeology has been a registered commercial diving contractor since 1996 and is a full member of the Association of Diving Contractors.
Our diving team includes two supervisors, one of whom is also qualified as a Diver Medic. Equipped with surface-supplied equipment, digital video and acoustic tracking, WA carries out many forms of archaeological diving work. Investigations range from detailed surveys of historic shipwrecks for government heritage agencies, to checking suspected archaeological sites amongst anomalies identified by marine developers.

New podcast: Archaeocast 13 - Coastal and Marine Geophysics on the North Sea

Archaeocast logoThe latest episode of Archaeocast, our archaeology podcast, is now online.

Recorded on board the survey vessel "Wessex Explorer", Archaeocast 13 takes a look at coastal and marine geophysics. It was recorded during our investigation of Area 240, one of the most significant sites of Palaeolithic material under the North Sea, and covers the sophisticated array of equipment used to analyse what is on and under the seabed.

Listen to Archaeocast 13 online, or subscribe to Archaeocast with iTunes (this link opens iTunes if you have it installed) to download the latest editions automatically.

Read more about our Coastal and Marine archaeology work.

EPPIC Placements Underway

Stuart ChurchleyTwo one-year professional work placements at Wessex Archaeology’s coastal and marine section are currently underway. One post, for a marine geophysicist, was filled by Patrick Dresch. Patrick, who did his initial BA in anthropology at Kenyon College, Ohio, recently completed a masters in maritime archaeology at Southampton University after several years working as a field archaeologist. The other post, for a coastal and marine archaeologist, was taken by Stuart Churchley. He was awarded his BSc in maritime archaeology by Bournemouth University, followed by two years gaining experience working on the Newport Ship in Gwent, helping with ship model reconstruction and conservation. The placements are funded by English Heritage and administered by the IfA. They are designed to allow Patrick and Stuart to develop their skills while working on a range of strategic and development-led projects. So far Patrick has been learning about marine geophysical processing and has also spent a week in Ilminster on a land-based  geophysical survey. He found what appear to be anti-tank traps dating to World War II. Stuart has also been experiencing marine geophysical survey during the investigation of several protected wreck sites off Kent. During his placement he's also been helping with the presentation of outreach projects at large public events and was recently involved in testing seabed sampling methods in order to better understand submerged Palaeolithic landscapes in the southern North Sea.

Latest publication on the Mary Rose

May saw the publication of the fourth (of five) volume on the Archaeology of the Mary Rose. The publication programme is being managed for the Mary Rose Trust by Wessex Archaeology, with Julie Gardiner acting as the series editor. The latest volume Mary Rose: Your Noblest Shippe, Anatomy of a Tudor warship, largely written, and edited, by Peter Marsden is concerned primarily with a detailed description of the ship and how she operated as a functional warship.
The construction techniques used in building the original ship are discussed, and her structure as she was in 1545 is described deck by deck, from the Hold up to the Sterncastle. The rigging is described and reconstructed and operational aspects such as steering, mooring, anchoring, the ship’s boats, navigation and the removal of water discussed. A summary of the ship’s armaments is provided and her fighting capabilities considered. Evidence for how the ship was altered during her use, and how she might be reconstructed as a whole, are examined and the nature of and reasons for her sinking reviewed.
Mary Rose - Noblest Shippe cover: a newly commissioned painting by Geoff HuntMary Rose - Noblest Shippe cover: a newly commissioned painting by Geoff Hunt
418p, 287 b/w illus plus 15 fold-out sheets of deck plans, elevations, sections and rigging diagrams. The volume is available from Oxbow Books price £45.00 (hardback, boxed set)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9544029-2-1
ISBN-10: 0-9544029-2-8
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