Wessex Archaeology’s Coastal & Marine Team help our clients reduce risks and delays in marine development projects.

We work across the renewables, aggregates, dredging and energy sectors, acting as ‘retained archaeologists’ once clients have obtained planning consent and marine licensing. This streamlines liaison with regulators, statutory consultees and other key stakeholders.


Written Schemes of Investigation

We have wide experience in delivering Written Schemes of Investigation – the principal document setting out the archaeological mitigation strategy to meet planning conditions. Based upon the type of development and the jurisdiction, we provide a tailored approach:

  • Below Mean High Water
  • To 12 nautical miles
  • Beyond, out to the limit of the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • International waters


Ready at short notice

In the past three years we have supported more than 20 marine development projects.

We have unparalleled experience in both rapid field deployment and desk-based consultancy and are certified to operate anywhere in UK waters on a wide variety of vessels and installations, above and below the water.

Retained Archaeology Services

Client advice

WSI and Method statements

Mitigation compliance advice

Regulator and stakeholder liaison



Retention and storage of seabed discoveries

Analysis & reporting


Dan Atkinson

How can we help?

Contact Dan Atkinson, Director Coastal & Marine and Scotland