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Cartographic, Geophysical and Diver Surveys of the Medieval Town Site at Dunwich, Suffolk, England

Cartographic, Geophysical and Diver Surveys of the Medieval Town Site at Dunwich, Suffolk, England

By D. A. Sear, S. R. Bacon, A. Murdock, G. Doneghan, P. Baggaley, C. Serra and T. P. LeBas

The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Vol.40:1 (2011)

Abstract: 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.

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