Education and Engagement: Developing Understanding and Appreciation of Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes

  • Julie SatchellEmail author
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 20)


The position of submerged prehistoric landscapes beneath the water and often beneath the seabed makes them difficult to access. Scientific investigation and research are providing data on prehistoric peoples and their associated drowned landscapes which is important for illuminating aspects of the past. Development of academic study and management approaches to the resource are vital for professional growth and appropriate protection. Alongside this is a large public fascination with past landscape change which provides an important route for engaging people with this otherwise hidden aspect of their past. Prior to the SPLASHCOS project the approach to education and outreach relating to submerged prehistoric landscapes across Europe had been patchy and inconsistent. This paper explores examples from the Maritime Archaeology Trust (MAT) of how education and outreach can promote this understudied area of the historic environment. It then details initiatives of the SPLASHCOS project that provided learning opportunities, field schools, engagement with industry and wider management aspects. Experience from this work is drawn upon to consider future challenges for expanding understanding and appreciation of submerged prehistoric landscapes.


Underwater Environment Underwater Cultural Heritage Marine Industry Public Archaeology Maritime Archaeology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maritime Archaeology Trust, National Oceanography Centre, Empress DockSouthamptonUK

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