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Fast Facts


M.H.S. provides support to developers and heritage planners in the protection and understanding of historic shipwrecks, intertidal and shore-side installations and submerged landscapes.

This is done through:

1) Developing project management and conservation plans through intertidal and underwater assessment and survey. Site interpretation and analysis is undertaken as the archaeological component of Environmental Impact Assessments, enabling historic environmental support for marine development and industry.

2) Designing and managing marine geophysical surveys for archaeological resource impact assessments. Instruments required may include side-scan sonar, multi-beam swath bathymetry, sub-bottom profiler and magnetometer. The interpreting of remote sensing data leads to site delineation.

3) Desk-based maritime and archival research.

4) Site mapping and monitoring via offshore archaeological watching briefs.

5) Establishing protocols for archaeological discoveries and lines of communication between developers, heritage agencies and key regulatory bodies. Advice given on technology and legislation. Heritage impact reports generated, either stand alone or as a component of Environmental Impact Assessments.


Alex Moss: Principal consultant

Having an educational background focused on archaeology and specialising in maritime archaeology Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology, History and Philosophy from Flinders University, a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and a Master of Science in Maritime Archaeology from the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University. Alex has been working in contract archaeology in the United Kingdom and Australia since 2006. Experience gained has been broad, including numerous historical and prehistoric sites; European, Colonial and Indigenous and in both terrestrial and marine environments. Activities have ranged from monitoring to excavation to surveying and conservation work.

The purpose is reflected in the logo:

Maritime heritage is represented by the astrolabe, an ancient maritime navigation instrument.
The marine environment is reflected by the wave.
Protection against risk is conveyed though the shield motif


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