If your offshore project requires a Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries (PAD), Wessex Archaeology have an experienced team ready to assist.


When a PAD is required

PADs are monitoring systems for unexpected or incidental archaeological finds, used mainly in marine schemes where 24/7 construction means conventional watching briefs are not cost effective.

We pioneered PADs on behalf of the marine aggregates industry, offshore renewables, fishing and dredging, and will put appropriate measures in place for your project.

We can draft protocols, liaise with clients and curators to agree a suitable PAD and implement it on your behalf. This includes acting as a single point of contact, researching and responding to reports, and increasing the efficiency of a PAD through our awareness programmes.

Recording a canon reported through a protocol Protocol awareness visit

Bespoke protocol creation and operation

Finds identification


Onsite and remote awareness training

Curatorial liaison

Post consent support

Retained archaeologist

Training materials 

Dan Atkinson

How can we help?

Contact Dan Atkinson, Director Coastal & Marine and Scotland