Introducing a Research Framework for the Archaeology of Wales

 

 

www.archaeoleg.org.uk

 

 

 

 

You are here: Home > Introduction > Browse by Theme > Maritime and Coastal Wales

 

MARITIME AND COASTAL WALES

The study of maritime archaeology is comparatively recent, but there is increasing awareness of its potential to provide important evidence for both prehistoric and more recent periods. The increasing scale of coastal and off-shore development makes research and understanding imperative.

The following are extracts/summaries of the key priorities identified for the period. For the full text, click on the All Wales Final Document link below.

 

  • Prehistoric land use – There are great opportunities to understand early prehistory by studying the settlement of the changing coastline of Wales as sea levels rose, through terrestrial evidence and submerged landscapes.
  • Coastal trade – We should develop further knowledge of how Welsh shores were used in trade and settlement, the development of ports, and coastal and estuarine navigation.
  • Vessels – There is much to be learned about the development of distinctive types of vessels in Wales in response to local conditions, materials and traditions, and the requirements of specific industries.

No regional seminar papers were produced in 2003 for this theme. Instead a pan-Wales paper was presented at the regional seminars.


 

Fish-traps at Gored Tre-castell, Llangoed, Isle of Angelsey. Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN301746D12006_0261)

Fish-traps at Gored Tre-castell, Llangoed, Isle of Angelsey. Crown Copyright
©RCAHMW (NPRN301746D12006_0261)

 

 

 

Divers investigating the wreck of an armed Genoese ship lost in 1709 in Cardigan Bay. ©Mike Bowyer/ Sid Wignall

Divers investigating the wreck of an armed Genoese ship lost in 1709 in Cardigan Bay.
©Mike Bowyer/ Sid Wignall

 

 

 

The Fifteenth-century Newport ship during excavation in 2002. ©Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust

The Fifteenth-century Newport ship during excavation in 2002.
©Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust