Analysis of archaeological sites stratified within marine sediments can open a window to cultures that are now lost between the waves. These sites and their environmental context harbour a resource that can also provide index points for sea level rise during a period of acute climate
change. A decade of archaeological investigations in the western Solent by the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, utilising divers and geophysical survey data, has led to the discovery of Mesolithic sites within submerged landscapes. They lie between 6.5m and 11.5m below British
Ordnance Datum. However, the discovery of these delicate and vulnerable sites is presenting new challenges to the maritime archaeologist. The need to record, rescue and interpret the remains underwater is necessitating the development of new underwater sampling techniques.
Underwater Technology is the peer-reviewed international journal of the Society for Underwater Technology. The objectives of the journal are to inform and acquaint the Society's members and other readers with current views and new developments in the broad areas of underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.