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From Shipwrecks to Submerged Landscapes: The Maritime Archaeology of Wales 

Festival of Archaeology Lecture: Thursday 28 July, 5pm 

Welsh seas are a large and important asset. The marine area at 32,000 km2 is larger than the land area at 20,375 km2. And yet, in comparison we know relatively little about the archaeology of the sea. Recent discoveries have been numerous but there is so much more to discover! Join us next week on Thursday 28 July, 5pm, for an exploration of 10,000 years of maritime archaeology with the Royal Commission’s popular online Festival of Archaeology talk. In this talk, Dr Julian Whitewright, our maritime archaeologist, will be presenting an illustrated overview of “The Maritime Archaeology of Wales: From Shipwrecks to Submerged Landscapes”. Wales has a rich but largely hidden range of maritime archaeological sites, from prehistoric landscapes, now submerged, through to 20th-century shipwrecks – and almost everything maritime in between. This talk will introduce the Royal Commission’s work in surveying and recording the maritime archaeology of Wales, explaining not only the types of sites that we work on but also the methods we use. 

This talk will be delivered in English.

Tickets are free. For further details and booking please see: https://ti.to/digital-past/from-shipwrecks-to-submerged-landscapes 

Wreck of a nineteenth-century slate carrying vessel at the The Warren, Abersoch. https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/418877/

Those attending the talk will have the opportunity of buying our award-winning book Wales and the Sea: 10,000 years of Welsh Maritime History at a special discount for only £22.50 including free postage and packing. 

Comprehensively illustrated, Wales and the Sea tells the story of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and more recent maritime history. The book features over one hundred essays written by fifty experts with over 250 illustrations. In 2020 it was awarded the best-illustrated Maritime Book of the Year by the prestigious Maritime Foundation. 

The well-preserved remains of a World War Two fighter aircraft partially buried in the sand at Harlech Beach. https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/240201/


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