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Archaeologists heading to Morecambe Bay

Archaeologists at work credit CITiZAN

[L]eading Archaeologists from around the country are heading to Morecambe Bay to shed light on the hidden past of the Bay’s coastline, and local people are invited to join them.

Morecambe Bay Partnership’s FREE ‘Coastal Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Training Day’ on Wednesday 30th May, at The Forum, Barrow, invites local people to hear from experts who will share their experience of identifying, working on and recording coastal and palaeoenvironmental sites. There will be a series of workshops giving participants skills in artefact identification, site recognition and recording, and best practice for working on and reporting discoveries along the shore and a chance to go out on site on Thursday 31st May to put their newly gained skills into practice.

Talks will be given by some of the UK’s leading experts on the subject, including –

Professor Martin Bell from University of Reading, Dr Sue Stallibrass from Historic England and Oliver Hutchinson, CITiZAN archaeologist for the South East  and Channel 4’s Britain at Low Tide .

The coast of Morecambe Bay is under constant threat from wind, waves and winter storms. These threats wreak havoc on our varied coastal and intertidal heritage, not only exposing these sites but washing them away before they are ever seen – which is why it is vital that local people learn about identifying these sites, and know what to do if they see one emerge.

Local organisation Morecambe Bay Partnership is committed to conserving and celebrating the unique culture and heritage of Morecambe Bay and is doing this with the help of CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) which has been set up in response to these dynamic threats to our island heritage.

Tickets to the events in Barrow on Wednesday 3oth and Thursday 31st May are FREE but booking is required. To find out more and how to book visit www.morecambebay.org.uk/events or telephone Morecambe Bay Partnership on 01539 734888.

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