Britain at Low Tide: S2, E1 East Sussex

Some handy links and info if you want to delve a bit deeper into the stories featured in Episode One of Britain at Low Tide, Series Two.

If you missed Episode One, East Sussex, catch up here:

Next week we are in sunny Dorset, where we investigate some sunken tanks that helped change the military strategy for D-Day (no biggy), and an enigmatic and ancient structure submerged in Poole Harbour — 8pm, 24th February, Channel 4.

And don’t forget, if you want to get involved in coastal archaeology CITiZAN have loads of opportunities:





  • Here is the CITiZAN report on their work at Pett Level:
  • And here are some really interesting papers on the ancient environment at Pett Level, and the complex task of reconstructing and understanding sea level change:
    • Long, A. J. and Waller, M. P. and Stupples, P. (2006) ‘Driving mechanisms of coastal change : peat compaction and the destruction of late Holocene coastal wetlands.’, Marine geology., 225 (1-4). pp. 63-84. [pdf]
    • Waller et al. (1998), Flandrian Sedimentation and Palaeoenvironments in Pett Level, the Brede and Lower Rother Valleys and Walland Marsh [pdf]
  • And a nice summary of the local geology and landscape of the coastline between Hastings and Pett: Robinson and Wilson, THE HIGH WEALD COAST FROM HASTINGS TO PETT: Classic Landforms of The Weald, Landform Guide No. 4 pp 39 – 43 [pdf]

Medieval ship graffiti in the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea


Gus and I were shown the Ship Graffiti in St Thomas’, Winchelsea by Natalie Cohen of the National Trust/Museum of London. Winchelsea is a remarkable town, and it’s history — and how fundamental ships were to it — is something we that we just didn’t have time to do justice to.

But if you want to know more, I heartily recommend reading Thomas Dhoop’s PhD thesis Shaped by Ships and Storms: A Maritime Archaeology of Medieval Winchelsea [Volume 1 and Volume 2]



One comment

  1. PETER STOTT · February 19, 2018

    Very enjoyable first programme. Lot of variety, which is good for range though less good for detail, so thanks for the list of further reading. The Bronze Age well and the children finding the long-dead tree trunks and branches in the beach deposits dramatically illustrated the nature and rate of the process of cliff retreat and sea level rise after the last glaciation.


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