Themes

Coastal archaeology has many messages, all of which need to be highlighted.The national activities in our summer season of fieldwork and social events focus on a series of key themes in each of our three regions.

A hands-on fieldwalking session on the Thames foreshore for Festival of Archaeology 2015
A hands-on fieldwalking session on the Thames foreshore for Festival of Archaeology 2015
  • We will start the season with MAYDAY: a month devoted to maritime heritage that is at risk, especially the wrecks around our coast and the many vessels abandoned in creeks and tidal estuaries.
  • This will be followed by D-DAY in June, a month devoted to recording the remains of defensive structures which pepper the English coast.
  • July features the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology, which provides a perfect opportunity to focus on participatory rescue archaeology, community archaeology and ‘citizen science’.
  • In August, the focus falls on coastal industry, looking at the dynamic ways in which humans have interacted with the intertidal zone in the past: from fishing and salt production to mining and quarrying. 
  • September is devoted to Lost Landscapes, looking at particularly vulnerable prehistoric features exposed on the coast such as submerged forests.