A Historic Marine Protected Area (HMPA) that Wessex Archaeology has worked on is that of HMS Campania, located in the Firth of Forth. Originally designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 on 1 December 2001, HMS Campania became a HMPA in 2013 when the Act was superseded in Scotland.
In 2015 Wessex Archaeology undertook archaeological monitoring work during the construction of an electricity supply line for the Great Western Railway. This work uncovered a large, and previously unknown, Romano-British settlement to the north of Beanacre, Wiltshire.
Tankerton Beach Wreck
Members of Wessex Archaeology's Coastal & Marine team, along with Historic England, Timescapes, University of Wales Trinity St David and several volunteers have just returned from the excavation and recording of the recently scheduled monument of Tankerton Beach Wreck in the intertidal zone of Tankerton Bay, Kent.
Exeter Down, Stamford
An archaeological excavation at Exeter Down, on the western outskirts of Stamford (Lincolnshire), has uncovered an Iron Age farmstead with important evidence for early iron production. Initial programmes of geophysical survey, cropmark analysis and trench evaluation identified two areas of particular archaeological potential within the development site. Read the full report here.
Scottish Underwater Diving Services (SUDS)
As part of the Scottish Underwater Archaeological Services contract, awarded by Historic Environment Scotland, Wessex Archaeology undertook diving worked on several sites between 2015 and 2017. The contract aimed at carrying out archaeological assessments on significant underwater heritage assets and wreck sites within Scottish territorial waters.
Wessex Archaeology is undertaking archaeological works digging at Sheffield Castle to determine the level of preservation of the remains of Sheffield’s 13th-century castle and later industrial development.
Stonehenge and Avebury
The megalithic Neolithic henges of Stonehenge and Avebury are among the most iconic and widely-recognised prehistoric monuments in the world.
Bath Abbey Footprint Project
The Bath Abbey Footprint Project is a Heritage Lottery Fund project to repair the Abbey’s collapsing floor, install a new eco-friendly heating system using Bath’s hot springs, and provide new, improved space and facilities to ensure the Abbey is more sustainable, hospitable and useable for local residents, worshippers and visitors alike.
Open area excavation at Hollis Croft revealed well-preserved industrial archaeology comprising steelmaking furnaces and a network of brick-built flues, along with traces of the workers’ housing and their local pubs.