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This October half-term holiday the Explore the Seafloor team was out and about. 

The last 2010 roadshow ran at the National SEA LIFE centre in Birmingham, and it was one of our busiest.  We had lots of fun and were particularly impressed with the Halloween costumes that some of our younger visitors wore.  Katie and Sarah, Explore the Seafloor team members, also got very excited about seeing the cast of the BBC TV show “Hustle” filming at the end of their street, as well as a Jet Ski chase for a Bollywood movie along the Birmingham canals.


On the South coast ETS team member Rhonda put on a one day special event at the New Forest Centre, working alongside outreach officers from the New Forest National Park Authority.  On a miserable autumn day it was a fun way to escape the weather although people still got a bit wet at our archaeology handling table!!

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: