Explore the SeafloorThis Sunday June 6th 2010 the Explore the Seafloor Roadshow will be at Newhaven Fort in Sussex. The Fort, built in the 1860’s, is hosting an event day with community groups joining in the fun to raise awareness of local projects. The Explore the Seafloor team will be on site all day with a range of hands-on activties for you to try.

Come and hold real archaeological finds from below the waves, meet some of the creatures that live off of the South Coast and see if you are brave enough to explore our mystery deep sea feelie boxes.

For more information on finding the Fort and the opening hours, visit Newhaven Fort’s website.

Seafloor Explorers dug deep to learn about the Thames Estuary

Our first Roadshow finished on Sunday after a hugely successful week. Nearly 25,000 people met our staff at London Aquarium and Explored the Seafloor for themselves, getting hands on and up close to the fascinating undersea world of the Thames Estuary.

Our visitors really enjoyed being able to touch artefacts from under the sea and learn about animals and their habitats. Many were surprised to learn that undersea areas around Britain today were once dry land where mammoths roamed and huge rivers gouged out deep channels, now visible on the seafloor. The touch boxes were a great hit but lots of adults were too scared to put their hands in!

Our team are hard at work preparing for the next Roadshow, which explores the archaeology, ecology and geology of the South Coast. Explore it for yourself at Brighton Sea Life centre between the 19th and the 27th June.

The Explore the Seafloor team on tour

The Explore the Seafloor team on tour

We’re hard at work, loading the van and finishing off our preparations for the first Explore the Seafloor Roadshow which starts this Saturday, May 22nd. We look forward to seeing you at the London Aquarium where we will be finding out what the seafloor of the Thames Estuary is really like – what it’s made of, what creatures live there and what we can learn about the heritage and history of our seabed.

Our scientists have spent the past 2 years exploring the seafloor – now it’s your turn!

Ecologists, archaeologists and geologists have been finding out what lies under the sea in areas that are targeted for aggregate dredging. These investigations are the largest of their kind to ever be undertaken in English waters and have looked in detail at the seafloor in the Outer Thames Estuary, the South Coast, the East Coast and the Humber regions.

The aim of these studies was to ensure that when we use the sea, we are using it sustainably, without damaging habitats or heritage. The Explore the Seafloor project team want everyone to be able to benefit from the results to understand and learn more about how we can protect our seafloor.

This summer Explore the Seafloor is hosting a series of exciting Roadshows around the country, where children and adults can get up close to artefacts from beneath the sea, explore the geology and hear directly from the projects’ scientists. To find out more about the seafloor in your area visit us at SEA LIFE centres and events around the UK.

You can also join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, and soon there will be underwater images on Flickr and exclusive video of the seabed on our YouTube channel

This autumn, teachers’ notes and resources will be available on this web portal so that the results of this project will be useful for years to come.

You can get in touch with the Explore the Seafloor project team at Wessex Archaeology via: splash@wessexarch.co.uk