THE LOST LANDS OF OUR ANCESTORS
THE WEST COAST PALAEOLANDSCAPES SURVEY
In 2010-11, Dyfed Archaeological Trust in partnership with The University
of Birmingham and the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments for Wales studied
the submerged landscapes of the Bristol Channel and Liverpool Bay – the West Coast
Palaeolandscapes Project. For further information on this project see a popular booklet
produced by Dyfed Archaeological Trust, The Lost Lands of Our Ancestors, and The University
of Birmingham’s technical report on the project – West Coast Palaeolandscapes
Survey. Dyfed Archaeological Trust has taken the information collected by Birmingham and
made it available in a simplified format for the benefit of planners and all others concerned
with managing the marine environment, and also for the general public. Four thematic maps
covering both areas – Bristol Channel and Liverpool Bay – are presented here.
The first exhibits in a simplified manner the individual landscape features identified during
Birmingham’s data analysis; the second depicts landscape character areas based on
this analysis, the third illustrates the potential for survival of deposits containing archaeological
and environmental information, and the fourth shows the study areas divided into management
areas, with each assigned broad management guidance.
This project was funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund administered
by English Heritage and the Welsh Assembly Government, and by funding provided by Cadw.