Wessex Archaeology and the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 Contract

1142 Swash Channel Wreck
In spring 2003, Wessex Archaeology was awarded the contract for the Provision of Archaeological Services in Relation to the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973). The contract started May 2003 and ran until March 2013.
Wessex Archaeology carried out a number of weeks’ of fieldwork each year for this contract, consisting of work on designated sites plus assessments of sites that may have warranted designation.
Wessex Archaeology used both surface supply and scuba dive teams deployed from our Salisbury and Edinburgh office locations. Each team typically comprised four commercially-qualified diving archaeologists drawn from Wessex Archaeology’s staff, supported locally by other commercially-qualified diving archaeologists where appropriate. Divers are equipped with digital video and digital stills cameras, and an integrated diver tracking and recording system.
Wessex Archaeology has the expertise to undertake a broad range of other forms of investigation, including geophysical and ROV (remote operated vehicle) survey, if required.
A board of consultants, drawn from experienced marine archaeologists based throughout the UK provide advice on approaches, methods and interpretations.