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
No regional seminar papers were produced in 2003 for
this theme. Instead a pan-Wales paper was presented at the
Fish-traps at Gored
Tre-castell, Llangoed, Isle of Angelsey. Crown Copyright
the wreck of an armed Genoese ship lost in 1709 in
©Mike Bowyer/ Sid Wignall
Newport ship during excavation in 2002.
©Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust