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SCUBA divers exploring the upturned fuselage of an underwater aircraft wreck
SCUBA divers exploring the upturned fuselage of an underwater aircraft wreck

Explore further - extended reading

This step contains links to articles and videos about maritime archaeology and recent research and discoveries. There is no expectation that you will read (or watch) all of the links that have been listed. These items are not essential to the course, but we are aware that many learners are keen to develop their knowledge in specific areas. We would recommend that you dip into this step and when you have participated as much as you wish that you mark it as complete.

Please note that the clips from BBC are only available to viewers in the United Kingdom.

Should you wish to delve deeper into the topics covered in Week 3, please visit the course blog.


  • Clip from the BBC series Coast on the impact of climate change. Discussion on the causes of climate change and its impact on sea levels across the world. A focus on the effects of this on the UK coastline, and in particular on the sea levels in the south east of England and the Fens area. (3:09)

  • Clip from the BBC series Coast on how the Ice Age affected the Norfolk coastline. The shape of the Norfolk coastline has been determined by successive ice ages, which have carved the land into its current profile. Core samples taken from the sea bed reveal how the North Sea was once dry land connected to the rest of Europe. Animal bones dredged up from the North Sea reveal elephants, hippos and rhinos once lived in this ancient marshland environment. (5:36)

  • Ancestors on the beach. Patricia Ash explores the evidence of our ancestors on the coast – and how they lived their lives. An Open University resource.

  • Wrecks around Britain: The SS Richard Montgomery. 12 minute documentary.

  • Clip from the BBC series Coast on the ancient footprints at Sefton Sands. Ancient human footprints dating back 5000 years often appear at Sefton Sands, before being washed away again by the tide. Originally formed in mud, the prints were baked solid by the sun and preserved by the sand on top. The footprints give us a unique insight into the life of hunter-gatherer communities when the climate of the UK was very different. (4:15)

  • Submerged forests revealed by UK storms. Article in The Telegraph by Matthew Payton.

  • Clip from the BBC series Coast on coastal erosion at Hallsands - causes and effects. A report about coastal erosion and conflict along the coastline, illustrated by a case study of the abandoned Hallsands village in Devon. Hallsands used to be a thriving fishing community but in 1917 the entire village was engulfed by the sea and the villagers were never able to return to their homes. The loss of Hallsands has been attributed to the dredging of a shingle ridge in front of the village, which was used to expand a naval dockyard near Plymouth. It is thought the shingle previously acted as a natural sea defence. (5:15)

  • Cleopatra - The search for the last Queen of Egypt. An exhibition from National Geographic. 5 minute video

  • Swallowed by the sea: Heracleion, Egypt Information about Heracleion, the submerged late Pharoanic and Ptolemaic city.

  • Shipwrecks. A public database of shipwrecks around the globe. This database contains information from over 800 major maritime disasters from Roman times to 2014.

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