Methodology

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Early Ships and Boats comprises a desk-based assessment of known and located pre-1840 maritime sites within England, across all environmental boundaries, including both archaeological examples and extant historic vessels, but excluding those beyond the 12nm limit of English territorial waters.    

The aim was to produce a dataset from easily accessible primary, secondary and web resources that would be as comprehensive as possible, allowing for the limitations of the available data. From this dataset individual sites would be selected that warrant further investigation with regard to the NHPP programme of planned designation.  
 

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Acquired data was audited and entered into a Microsoft Access database designed for the project to facilitate the assessment and characterisation of data and to allow data queries to be carried out. The database was linked to ESRI ArcGIS to map the sites across England.