Wrecks Ecology

Wessex Archaeology, 2008

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The ALSF Round 2 Wrecks on the Seabed study highlighted that there may be merit in developing a clearer understanding of the relationships between marine archaeological sites and their associated benthic ecology. These relationships are particularly relevant in the context of archaeological mitigation strategies generally adopted for wreck sites within aggregate extraction areas and specifically the practice of implementing exclusion zones around historic wrecks.

The Wrecks Ecology project was funded under Round 3 of the Marine ALSF and commenced in November 2007.

The project objectives were:

  • To assess the potential of archaeological data collected from a number of wrecks off the East Sussex coast to provide useful ecological and biological information;
  • To assess the value - to archaeologists, ecologists and seabed developers - of integrating archaeological and ecological surveys of wreck sites in future; and to propose a cost-effective, but ecologically sound methodology for recording the flora and fauna on wrecks during archaeological site survey, based on diver observations and/or stills images and video footage.
  • Two of the sites chosen for the project were investigated during Wrecks on the Seabed - the Portland Stone Wreck and Bottle Wreck. Available data for three sites in East Sussex designated as Marine Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (MSNCI) and surveyed by Sussex Seasearch - the HMS Northcoates, the City of Waterford, and the Outer Mulberry - will be also be reviewed.

The digital archive

The digital archive currently consists of the following resources:

  • Dalgleish, C. 2008: Wrecks Ecology 2007-2008. Final Report prepared for English Heritage. Ref: 57456.02

Non-digital Archive and Publications

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MALSF work in progress conference February 2008.

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