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Vol III Arun Grab Samples

Vol III Arun Grab Samples

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Published by Wessex Archaeology
This report is Volume 3 of the Final Report of the project entitled ‘Seabed Prehistory:
Gauging the Effects of Marine Aggregate Dredging’. This project was funded by Round 1 and
Round 2 of the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) distributed by the Department for
the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
This report is Volume 3 of the Final Report of the project entitled ‘Seabed Prehistory:
Gauging the Effects of Marine Aggregate Dredging’. This project was funded by Round 1 and
Round 2 of the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) distributed by the Department for
the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Wessex Archaeology
Seabed Prehistory:
Gauging the Effects ofMarine Aggregate Dredging
Final Report
Volume IIIArun Additional Grabbing
Ref: 57422.33
February 2008
 
AGGREGATE LEVY SUSTAINABILITY FUNDMARINE AGGREGATE AND THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENTSEABED PREHISTORY:GAUGING THE EFFECTS OF MARINE AGGREGATE DREDGINGROUND 2FINAL REPORTVOLUME III: ARUN ADDITIONAL GRABBING
Prepared for:
English Heritage
1 Waterhouse Square138-142 HolbornLondonEC1N 2STPrepared by:
Wessex Archaeology
Portway HouseOld Sarum Park SalisburySP4 6EB
Ref. 57422.33February 2008
©Wessex Archaeology Limited 2008 all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
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SEABED PREHISTORY R2FINAL REPORTVOLUME III: ARUN ADDITIONAL GRABBING
Ref. 57422.33Summary
This study forms Volume III of the ‘Seabed Prehistory: Gauging the Effects of MarineAggregate Dredging - Final Report’ commissioned by English Heritage (EH) and undertaken by Wessex Archaeology (WA). It was funded through Round 2 of the Aggregate LevySustainability Fund (ALSF) distributed by the Department for Environment, Food and RuralAffairs (DEFRA). The ‘Final Report’ comprises of eight volumes based on previous reportsaccomplished by WA for either EH or the Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO),as part of Round 1 or Round 2 of the ALSF project ‘Seabed Prehistory’.The ‘Arun Additional Grabbing’ survey comprised part of the Round 2 ‘Seabed Prehistory’research project and was funded through the ALSF administered by EH. Its intention was tofurther investigate the relationship between struck flint and palaeogeographic features in thePalaeo-Arun area detected in the ‘Seabed Prehistory’ Round 1 project.The grab sampling survey took place between 26
th
March and 9
th
June 2005 adjacent to theOwers Bank licensed dredging area 18km offshore south of Littlehampton, West Sussex,onboard the vessel
Valkyrie
. Titan Environmental Surveys Ltd. were contracted to carry outthe survey under the supervision of WA staff. The grab samples were processed at WA’senvironmental premises during August 2005.The results and conclusions of the grab sampling survey can be summarised as follows:
Struck flint was recovered which does not appear to correlate spatiallywith palaeogeographic features;
Large quantities of peat were recovered suggesting that deposits relatingto the Palaeo-Arun valley are exposed on the seabed;
Charcoal was recovered from one of the blocks of peat. This has beenradiocarbon dated to the Early Mesolithic period and is a possibleindication of human occupation in the area at this time;
The methodology proved successful in assessing and evaluating prehistoric seabed deposits.

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