One of the principal aims of the Seabed Prehistory project was to develop methods and techniques for gathering archaeological data from the seabed. This involved developing existing survey methodologies already in use in various marine industries. One the main results of the project was in assessing the effectiveness of these survey techniques for archaeological data gathering.
The various surveys carried out during the course of the project produced a wealth of data which allowed archaeologists to begin to paint a picture of the prehistoric landscapes of the study areas. One study area in particular, the palaeo-Arun was subjected to extensive surveys and yielded sufficient data to produce a comprehensive reconstruction of the now submerged prehistoric river valley.
The palaeo-Arun was also modelled digitally. Geophysical surveys conducted in the study area resulted in the production of a 3D model of the topography of the now submerged landscape. This 3D model, integrated with data from the environmental reconstruction mentioned above, formed the basis for the production of a 3D computer animated visualisation of the palaeo-Arun in prehistory.