Can you help us to record our coastal heritage before it is lost?
From Lindisfarne to Land's End, much of our island's history is simply being washed away as significant archaeological sites are continually eroded by winds, waves, tidal scour and winter storms. CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network) was launched in 2015 and will train volunteer teams to record and monitor archaeological sites exposed in the intertidal zone.
We will be organising outreach and training events across Dorset and we are currently recruiting volunteers who would like to be involved, whether it is just helping us to monitor sites by taking regular photographs or if you would like to receive training in archaeological survey techniques we need your help to record sites before they are lost.
The project is funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the National Trust and Crown Estate. We have three regional teams, operating from offices in London (Museum of London Archaeology), York (Council for British Archaeology) and Portsmouth (Nautical Archaeology Society). Lauren and Alex are based in Portsmouth and are covering the South West coast from Chichester Harbour to the Severn Estuary.
Lauren said "It would be great to involve dog walkers as they are out on the coast in all weathers and are often the first to see damage caused by storms or erosion, so if we can train people on how to identify archaeological material and what to do if you see damage to existing sites or new sites exposed then it will help us to learn more about our coastal heritage before it is completely lost".
If you would like more information or would like to sign up as a volunteer please call us on 07718 570389 or
Training days are being held on Brownsea Island on the 24th, 25th & 26th July (sorry no dogs) - for more information click here
Alex will have an information stand at the Dorset Dogs Festival on the 8 August so you can find out more then if you can't get to Brownsea.