Investigations in 2011

Archaeological investigation Bouldnor Cliff continued both under water and in the laboratory in 2011. In the summer two successful periods of fieldwork allowed the linking of all five submerged sites, covering a length of over half a kilometre, for the first time. As in previous years, further sampling work recovered fragile archaeological material that continued to be at severe risk from on-going erosion resulting from the powerful tides of the western Solent. In September, for the first time and despite inclement weather conditions, a live video feed was trialled onboard the dive-boat to allow crew to view what the archaeological divers were looking at and to communicate with them.

Laboratory work to investigate the delicate artefacts and organic remains recovered during archaeological work continued. This work was conducted at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Samples, artefacts and organic remains were then put into cold storage to ensure their preservation and availability for future study.

Bouldnor Cliff is a virtually unique type of site within the archaeological record of the UK and disseminating the Trust’s research into the site remains important. 2011 saw the publication of the first monograph dedicated to the thirteen years of study undertaken by the HWTMA at Bouldnor Cliff. This contains information on all elements of the site, from innovative archaeological techniques, through dendrochronological and pollen analysis to specialist analysis of some of the earliest evidence for wood-working so far found in the UK.

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