Our Role


Wessex Archaeology’s long term role in this project has included desk-based research which identified known wrecks within the development footprint, and geophysical survey which was used to ground-truth the archaeology and identify other potential sites. Sites on the bed of the estuary were then dived by teams from Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine and the Port of London Authority, often working in zero-visibility.
Once work offshore began, our archaeologists were stationed on dredgers during key phases of the development to help identify and protect discoveries, and a reporting Protocol was put in place to allow unexpected finds and sites to be rapidly reported and protected. 
The challenges, results and history of all of these investigations were published in 2013, and a TV show, Thames Shipwrecks: a race against time, which really captured the public imagination, was broadcast in 2008.