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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.