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Senior Maritime Technical Specialist and Dive Superintendent
Based at Wessex Archaeology West but working all over the UK and further afield, Graham has been a key member of the Coastal & Marine team since 2003 and is one of the most experienced marine archaeologists in the UK. As Wessex Archaeology’s Diving Superintendent and former diver in the oil and gas and civil engineering sectors, he has led dozens of archaeological diving and ROV projects for clients such as Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, CADW and various offshore developer and port authority clients.
As well as shipwreck sites, Graham also specialises in aircraft crash sites, preserved historic vessels of all types, intertidal archaeological sites, monitoring of dredging and other works and desk-based research and assessments, including strategic studies and the archaeological components of Environmental Impact Statements and Conservation Management Plans. Graham has been closely involved in many of the methodological advances pioneered by Wessex Archaeology and has been particularly engaged in work designed to minimise the amount of fieldwork time required to survey underwater and intertidal sites.
Graham has been responsible for significant work on many of the most important UK marine archaeological sites, including the 1665 wreck of Charles II’s warship London, the 1703 wreck of the Stirling Castle and the 17th century Swash Channel wreck. Recent work has included a number of First World War U-boats off Yorkshire, Kent and Cornwall and East Indiamen on the Goodwin Sands and in Shetland. Major aircraft crash site investigations have included the near-intact Dornier 17 found on the Goodwin Sands and a Ju 88 found during dredging for DP World London Gateway Port. Intertidal work has included rapid photogrammetry surveys of spritsail barge hulks in North Kent. Survey and recording work on preserved vessels has included major pieces of work on HMS Victory in Portsmouth and the First World War cruiser HMS Caroline in Belfast. Graham has also undertaken a number of highly sensitive projects for the UK Government. He is currently involved in the monitoring of dredging work for the arrival of the new aircraft carriers in Portsmouth, historic wreck research for the MoD and is preparing for the investigation of an American Civil War blockade runner wreck in Liverpool Bay.
Graham believes strongly in working, where appropriate, with local volunteers and other stakeholders. He undertakes volunteer work himself and, for example, is currently an archaeological advisor to a group of avocational divers investigating the 16th century Dunwich Bank Protected Wreck site. Graham regularly gives public presentations of Wessex Archaeology work and has appeared on the ‘One Show’, as well as a number of other documentaries and documentary features about marine archaeology.
Tel: 03303 133468
Mob: 07799 416736