About Us

CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, highlights the threat to a wealth of coastal and estuarine sites, most of which have no statutory protection. These archaeological features encompass a long time span – from prehistoric forests and settlements to Roman forts and villas to 19th-century ship-breaking yards full of abandoned boats, barges and ships, many of which are of considerable local and national significance.

Local CITiZAN volunteers working together to record a shipwreck off Seven Sisters, East Sussex
Local CITiZAN volunteers working together to record a shipwreck off Seven Sisters, East Sussex

CITiZAN cannot record all the threatened sites currently exposed on the coast. But what we can do is promote a standardised survey and monitoring methodology that is applicable to all of them. We have established an infrastructure and network of volunteers with the skills, commitment and support to record, monitor and promote the significant, fragile and threatened archaeological sites around England’s coast and on the foreshores of our tidal estuaries. 

CITiZAN is a national project but operates on a local level, with our 3 teams of regional archaeologists working on selected key sites in the North, South East and South West. These sites highlight classic examples of England's coastal heritage and the challenge faced by intertidal zone archaeology.

All of our events - including training sessions - are free, thanks to the support from the Heritage Lottery fund! The national activities in our summer season of fieldwork and social events follow a series of key themes

Learn more about our national team of archaeologists, our project partners, and our project supporters, without whom the project would not be possible.