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The Search for Wrecks from the Age of Sail


English Heritage have recently embarked on a project to look at 88 vessels known to have sunk within territorial waters from the Tudor Period until the advent of iron-hulled ships. Wessex Archaeology is pleased to have supported English Heritage in this project through the identification of possible wreck sites through the Early Ships and Boats Project, and are currently undertaking work to investigate the first of these wrecks on behalf of English Heritage as part of the contract for the provision of services in relation to marine designation for 2013-15. This will be an exciting and invaluable programme of investigation as these wrecks are identified, recorded and revealed as a fundamental component of England’s maritime past.


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