Historic Seascape Characterisation: Hastings to Purbeck and Adjacent Waters

SeaZone Solutions Limited, Maritime Archaeology Ltd, 2011

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The Hastings to Purbeck and Adjacent Waters Project is one of the four projects commissioned to implement the HSC National Method across a range of areas in English waters. The project successfully extends the implementation of the national HSC Method, across a substantial area of England's coasts, seas and adjacent UK Controlled Waters. The worked example provided by this project builds on the consolidation and initial implementation of the national HSC Method.

Historic Seascape Characterisation (HSC) presents an archaeological understanding of the historic cultural dimension of our coasts and seas, identifying and mapping areas whose present character has been shaped by similar dominant cultural processes. In doing so, it complements a closely similar approach, Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC), already widely implemented by English Heritage on land.

The project resulted in a GIS-based characterisation of the project area, extending from Hastings, Kent, to Purbeck, Dorset, along the coast and seaward across adjacent waters to the Median Line with France.