Aims and Objectives

One of the handaxes discovered from Area 240One of the handaxes discovered from Area 240This project has three core aims.
 
The discovery of the artefacts from Area 240 significantly changed archaeologists’ understanding of the potential for prehistoric material in aggregate dredging areas in the North Sea. Although the potential for prehistoric material to be present was widely endorsed, and had been the subject of numerous investigations and research, actual numbers of discovered artefacts were low.
 
The discovery and reporting of the Area 240 finds offered the rare opportunity to conduct a detailed study to establish the geological and geomorphological context of the recovered finds and to attempt to locate further artefacts.  Situated in water depths of approximately 25 metres, and in an area with strong tidal currents and poor visibility, the investigation of Area 240 proved challenging.
 
The principal aim of the project was to improve the future management of the effects (and potential effects) of aggregate dredging on the marine historic environment. There were three objectives to the project. Firstly, to refine practical techniques used to establish the presence or absence of prehistoric archaeological material (artefacts, deposits, faunal and other palaeoenvironmental material) on the seabed and to establish the character, date, extent, quality, preservation and special interest of such material, if present. Secondly, this project aimed to provide a firm understanding of the area from which the finds were dredged and in turn provide greater insight into the historic environment of this region as a whole. 
 
Wessex Archaeology is a charitable trust dedicated to education. The final aim of the project is to pass on the knowledge gained throughout this study to both public and professional audiences. To learn more about how the results of the project were disseminated publicly, visit the Time Travelling by Water website.
 
Pupils at Edward Worlledge school get to grips with archaeologyPupils at Edward Worlledge school get to grips with archaeology