Global warming at the end of the last Ice Age led to the inundation of vast landscapes that had once been home to thousands of people. These lost lands hold a unique and largely unexplored record of settlement and colonisation linked to climate change over millennia.
Within the Europe's Lost Frontiers project, researchers in the fields of archaeo-geophysics, molecular biology and computer simulation are seeking to explore the past environments, ecological change and the transition between hunter gathering societies and farming in the inundated land of the southern North Sea - Doggerland.
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Following periods working for Wessex Archaeology which included a multi-period landscape survey based on the Berkshire Downs, Martin then completed a Ph.D at Reading University examining the prehistoric exploitation of the coastal flint outcrop at Beer Head in Devon. Working in commercial archaeology he has excavated sites that have varied from a causewayed enclosure to a Roman Villa and on one occasion, a Victorian pineapple cloche. As a freelance lithic analyst, he has examined numerous assemblages from across the UK that have included a coastal Mesolithic/ Neolithic site near Dartmouth and an assemblage from the Isles of Scilly that included a group of flake based microliths previously only known from Northern France.