University of Brighton scientists have been helping Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) research the submerged landscape around the Birling Gap in East Sussex.
The research was been filmed for Channel 4’s ‘Britain at Low Tide’, the community-based coastal archaeology series, which was broadcast on Saturday (17 Feb): now available on C4’s Catch Up.
Dr James Cole, Principal Lecturer in Archaeology, and Dr Hannah Wood, Senior Lecturer in the Built Environment and Civil Engineering, both from the University’s School of Environment and Technology, carried out laser scanning of cliffs at Birling Gap near Eastbourne.
Dr Wood said the scanning provided accurate measurements regarding what could be a possible Bronze Age well shaft.
Dr Cole said: “We were also able to see how the cliff has eroded from historical maps and calculate a basic erosion rate.”
Dr Wood and Dr Cole joined members of CITiZAN for the research. CITiZAN highlights the threat to coastal and estuarine archaeological sites, most of which have no statutory protection.
CITiZAN received funding for the six-part series from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with match funding from The Crown Estate and National Trust and further support from Historic England.
Museum of London Archaeology hosted the project with the Council for British Archaeology and the Nautical Archaeology Society, with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Trust and the Crown Estate.