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NHPP 2D2 (Project 6205): Development and Delivery of a Pilot Marine Geotechnical Training Course for Archaeologists

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Market Intelligence Gathering Report

By Michael Grant, Justin Dix, Fraser Sturt

This report will be of particular interest to:

  • Those concerned with skills, training and capacity in the historic environment sector.
  • People working in maritime archaeology.
  • Other archaeological roles where understanding geotechnical methods will be of value, for example in commenting on evidence gathered in respect to offshore development.

The report was commissioned by English Heritage from the University of Southampton. It examines the background to developing geotechnical training for archaeologists, identifying needs by setting out market intelligence about current levels of awareness and expertise in these techniques.

Headline findings from the intelligence gathering survey were that:

  • The need and demand for training was supported by the survey: 60% of respondents being positive about potential training.
  • Training should focus on specific techniques- such as sampling techniques - where knowledge gaps have been identified, rather than general awareness raising.
  • Techniques for examining post Ice Age deposits were better understood than those for the earlier Palaeolithic period.
  • Further training opportunities identified were in GIS software, particularly within the Investigation and Research category, Marine Geophysics for Archaeological Purposes.
  • Respondents with greater levels of experience and expertise noted that they would not require the core elements of a training course, but would welcome focused discussion on developing best practice and advancing methodologies.

This document has been written by Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services Staff from the University of Southampton. It is intended as a working document. Comments and new information are welcomed and should be addressed to or


1. Background
2. Previous Market Intelligence
3. Project Scope
4. Research Methodology
5. Results
6. Synthesis of Results
7. Conclusions
8. Training Recommendations
9. Acknowledgements
10. References
Appendices: survey questions and results by job category.

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed

If you would like this document in a different format, please contact: Archaeology Department, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF

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