Maritime Archaeology Updates

Diving Deeper with the Maritime Archaeology Trust

Author: Ian Smith

Time is running out for Bouldnor Cliff – ITV News

 ITV News

One of the most important archaeological sites in the country may never reveal its secrets because of a lack of funding. Time is running out and this 8,000 year old site is being washed away before our eyes, but without the funding archaeologists are powerless to stop the march of time.

Help save Bouldner before it’s too late! 

ITV News reporter Chloe Oliver highlights the problems faced by the Maritime Archaeolgy Trust at Bouldner Cliff, near the Isle of Wight.

Read Chloe’s article and help save the past for the future.




Where is Bouldnor Cliff, Isle Of Wight?

Location Map - Bouldnor Cliff

Location Map of Bouldnor Cliff, close to Yarmouth

The prehistoric site is located 11 metres underwater off the north coast of the Isle Of Wight. Continue reading

Underwater Survey and Excavation – Bouldnor Cliff

Excavating a 8000 year old boatyard?

Bouldnor Cliff is a 8000 year old site of human occupation that is now submerged 11 metres under the Solent on the Isle Of Wight. It is thought this site was on a lakeside originally – before the last Ice Age ended and sea levels rose. Bouldnor is teaching us a lot about wood working, for example how they built various huts, tools and canoes. String, wood, bone, foodstuff, ancient DNA of dog, auroch and wheat, the oldest boat building site in the world, as well as flint tools have all survived.

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Bouldnor Cliff – Drowning, desertion and destruction – help save our lost culture

Bouldnor Cliff ExcavationBouldnor Cliff is an underwater Middle Stone Age site that dates to 6,000 BC. This was a time when the hunter gathering epoch was drawing to a close and when Great Britain was being separated from mainland Europe by sea level rise. The lowlands that lay between the two land masses covered around half a million square kilometres and would have been home to many family groups.  They had developed wide-ranging trade links, moving along coastlines and rivers. The land they occupied was rich in vegetation, animals and wildfowl but ultimately it was all to be lost under the sea. These people had to adapt to the loss of land around them as the outline of modern Europe was taking shape. Continue reading