Cartographic, geophysical and diver surveys of the medieval town Site at Dunwich, Suffolk, England

Sear, D.A., Bacon, S.R., Murdock, A., Doneghan, G., Baggaley, P., Serra, C. and LeBas, T.P. (2011) Cartographic, geophysical and diver surveys of the medieval town Site at Dunwich, Suffolk, England. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 40, (1), 113-132. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2010.00275.x).


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This paper presents the results of an integrated historical and geophysical survey of a medieval town lost through cliff recession and coastal inundation. Key objectives included evaluating historic maps in supporting the relocation and identification of major buildings, and applying integrated multibeam, side-scan and sub-bottom profiling to determine the location and extent of archaeological remains. The results demonstrate that cartographic sources from 1587 onwards can be a reliable source of data to guide geophysical survey. Integration of historical mapping with geophysical data enabled identification of the remains of two medieval structures, and the tentative identification of two others.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2010.00275.x
ISSNs: 1095-9270 (electronic)
Keywords: geophysical survey, dunwich, medieval, multibeam, side-scan
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
National Oceanography Centre (NERC) > Marine Geoscience
ePrint ID: 173011
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2011Published
18 May 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 11:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:32

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