BE A MARINE SCIENTIST FOR A DAY
The Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary will be playing host to a special ´Explore the Seafloor´ exhibition next week.

Visitors to the Sanctuary will be able to get their hands wet and Explore the Seafloor between 28th August and 5th September 2010.

Wessex Archaeology is bringing their Explore the Seafloor roadshow to Norfolk.
Explore the Seafloor Finds Table - the lady is holding part of a WW2 Machine Gun
Organiser, Katie Card, says: ″We have lots of exciting activities to welcome visitors to explore the seafloor with us.

″Bring your family, or embrace your inner child, and dress up as a maritime archaeologist, scientist or marine dredger!

″We have real archaeological artefacts to hold including part of a World War 2 machine gun, a 10,000 year old mammoth tusk and part of a 1950s airplane″.
Explore the Seafloor organiser, Katie Card, showing children artefacts from the seafloor ″Younger children can dig for finds in the sand pit and touch artefacts in the water table.″

Explore the Seafloor has evolved from scientific studies of the archaeology, ecology and geology of the seafloor in four areas around the coast that are commonly targeted for marine aggregates, namely the South Coast, East Coast, Humber and Outer Thames regions.

Explore the Seafloor will be at the SEA LIFE Sanctuary displaying these findings so that we can better protect the marine environment during offshore work.
″Dredging obviously has implications for marine life, as well as for archaeological features like shipwrecks,″ said Sea Life boss Nigel Croasdale.

″That´s why its impact is being scientifically monitored. Our visitors will be members of the Explore the Seafloor team from Wessex Archaeology who are studying the results of four regional surveys that investigated seabed habitats and archaeological features to better understand the effects of dredging″

Other activities in the roadshow include feelie boxes, sea creature specimen table and a geologist´s sieving table.

Scientists have spent the past 2 years investigating the exciting world beneath the sea and now it´s your turn!

Note to the Editor:

Explore the Seafloor has been touring SEALIFE centres across the country this summer. For more information see ets.wessexarch.co.uk

Explore the Seafloor is funded by the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund.

Further photographs can be found on our Facebook page at facebook.com/exploretheseafloor.

For further information contact:-

Katie Card at Wessex Archaeology on 01722 3268678 or email k.card@wessexarch.co.uk
or Nigel Croasdale, General Manager, Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary on 01485 533576
Issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Date: 24th August 2010
Image 1: Explore the Seafloor Finds Table - the lady is holding part of a WW2 Machine Gun
Image 2: Explore the Seafloor organiser, Katie Card, showing children artefacts from the seafloor

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