Maritime Archaeology Trust
During the summer of 2018, a series of dives began a process of photogrammetric survey across sites Bouldnor Cliff II and V (BC-II & BC-V). Over 9,000 still images were collected, which are revealing fine details of the landscape and enabling us to create 3D digital models of the sites for visualisation and monitoring. During the survey, exposed material was recorded and rescued. In total, 152 burnt and worked flints were recovered after they had eroded from the foot of the cliff at BC-II, while 14 newly exposed pieces of worked timber were saved. This included two upright posts, one of which was a composite structure made of three pieces. A further post was recorded protruding through the peat indicating the remains of worked wood just below the surface. This is very promising as it will invariably be associated with material that could help reconstruct the settlement. The archaeological horizon lies just below the surface of the seabed, so, while this means it is threatened by loss as the thin layer of peat over it is steadily taken by the tides, the limited cover that remains makes it relatively easy to excavate. This provides a window of opportunity to record this irreplaceable and unique site before it is lost.