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Report on English Heritage NHPP Specialist Meeting hosted by COARS staff

Published: 13 November 2013

A report out today documents the results of a discussion meeting held at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton in relation to the English Heritage National Heritage Protection Pan 3AI activity: Unknown Marine Assets and Landscapes.

This report documents a meeting of twenty international specialists, held in June 2013, with interests in the prehistory of England, marine and maritime archaeology and management of the archaeological resource. It was supported by English Heritage as part of the National Heritage Protection Plan's work on submerged Assets and Landscapes (activity 3AI). The meeting considered the state of current knowledge and key issues for the relevant periods, looked at possible new approaches and evaluated how to disseminate the results of the project to as wide an audience as possible. The discussions including learning from the experience of work carried out abroad. The report identifies that if we wish to contextualise the submerged landscapes that we are now becoming more adept at locating and describing, we may need to change the methods we employ to investigate them. Currently, the shift from landscape description to more human archaeological accounts is challenged by the different qualities of the records created on land and at sea.

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