England's Historic Seascapes: Withernsea to Skegness

Museum of London Archaeology, 2010

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The project was carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology Service (MoLAS) on behalf of English Heritage, and was been funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF).

The project is part of the second round of seascapes analysis funded by the ALSF; the first round was carried out by Wessex Archaeology at Liverpool Bay. This project attempts to develop the ideas developed as part of this Wessex project and apply them to a different coastal area.

Withernsea to Skegness study area

The Withernsea to Skegness project study area

The pilot area runs between Withernsea in Yorkshire to Skegness in Lincolnshire, including the Humber Estuary, and extends out into the open sea as far as the median line with Holland. The overall aim of the project is to map and interpret current sea uses in the pilot area, with a view to identifying historic significance of the maritime environment.

Historic Seascape Characterisation (HSC) is based on the principles of Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC), which is a way of describing and displaying the historic cultural character of the landscape we perceive today. The character map created provides a broader understanding of the heritage of an area, providing context to a range of other aspects, including the individual historic sites and monuments.

England's Historic Seascapes is a programme of pilot projects developing a methodology for mapping the historic character of our coastal and marine environment.

Four more project areas were commissioned:

More information on the English Heritage Historic Seascapes Project - including the 2008 National HSC Method statement - can be found at the ALSF Seascapes page

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