Maritime Archaeology in the Thames Estuary

By Antony Firth, Niall Callan, Graham Scott, Toby Gane and Stephanie Arnott

ISBN 978-1-874350-61-3

The DP World London Gateway Port, on the north bank of the Thames, is a major development of a new container terminal. Its construction has been accompanied by a major dredging scheme that has increased the depth of sections of the approach channel over a length of c. 100km, from the outer reaches of the Thames to the new terminal. From its beginning, this scheme included careful consideration of the archaeological consequences of dredging in such a historically-important estuary.

Over the course of a decade, investigations by Wessex Archaeology have provided a new perspective on the historic environment of the Thames, and explored innovative archaeological approaches and methodologies for addressing marine developments of this type and scale.

This volume sets out the challenges, results and history of these investigations, and the context and constraints encountered. The results contribute to our knowledge of maritime archaeology in the Thames Estuary and to the wider practice of marine development-led archaeology.

A companion volume on the terrestrial investigations conducted by Oxford Archaeology is presented in London Gateway: Iron Age and Roman Salt Making in the Thames Estuary. Excavations at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve, Essex.

To find out more about this project visit the project page here.