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Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services (COARS)

COARS provide an inclusive solution for business and industry seeking advice and access to internationally recognised technical specialists in marine archaeology. 


When faced with the archaeological components of any project, it is essential to have access to advice and practitioners you can rely upon. For many years, the University of Southampton has been at the forefront of undertaking both research and the provision of a professional service for the delivery of marine archaeological projects.

As our reputation has grown, so has the demand for our services from major consultancy and engineering companies. This has resulted in the formation of the new commercially-driven enterprise Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services (COARS), based at The National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Our experts are recognised leaders in their respective fields, all well published, and are best known for their unique specialisms in marine geophysics, geoarchaeology and the study of maritime material culture. COARS has extensive experience of working within the sectors of renewable, nuclear and non-renewable energy, marine aggregates, port developments, oil and gas installations, pipelines and high voltage cable routes.


Key facts

Over 30 years collective experience in delivering marine archaeology to the commercial sector

Personalised service to cater for individual needs

Access to world-class facilities and recognised academic experts in marine archaeology

Proven track record of delivery

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