The Wessex Archaeology Edinburgh office hosted a reception at the Royal Society of Edinburgh yesterday evening to celebrate the launch of the book Submerged Prehistory.

The book explores new developments in submerged prehistoric landscape research and its scope covers three continents. Jonathan Benjamin of Wessex's Edinburgh office is one the editors along with Professor Clive Bonsall and Catriona Pickard of Edinburgh University and Anders Fischer of the Heritage Agency of Denmark.

Speaking at the launch, which was attended by many of the Scottish heritage community and Wessex Archaeology's Scottish clients, Dr Benjamin said 'There is a growing awareness of the importance of submerged prehistory globally and right here in Scotland. As renewable energy is becoming even more important to the Scottish economy, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of considering archaeology in the development planning.'

The book is available from Oxbow books and Wessex Archaeology's work on the important find of Palaeolithic hand axes from the North Sea is the subject of one of the papers.