Mike Lobb

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Having spent the past ten years working in both commercial and research archaeology, I have now become an honorary physical geographer with research focusing on threatened coastal archaeology sites. My Ph.D. is focused on using terrestrial laser scanning as a way of rapidly recording archaeological sites in the intertidal zone, and using the resultant data to model them within a 3D environment.

Originally a buildings archaeologist with an obsession for late Medieval timber-framed buildings, my interests in 3D laser scanning and modelling developed during my previous job at the VISTA Centre, University of Birmingham where I applied laser scanning and associated 3D technologies to the recording and analysis of historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological artefacts. In turn this has led to an interest in the use of 3D technologies to record and analyse waterlogged sites and artefacts.

Consequently, my fieldwork so far has had a heavy emphasis on timber built intertidal structures related to the fishing industry, and has involved recording extant medieval and post-medieval fishing structures in the Severn Estuary and stone built oyster pits in Jersey. I have also been using the laser scanner to rapidly record ongoing excavations within the intertidal zone, both in Brittany, where ongoing excavations at Servel, Lannion are revealing a complex of fishing weirs dating from the 7th through to the 19th centuries AD; and at Medmerry, West Sussex, where archaeological excavations in advance of coastal realignment have revealed a series of 14th century linear wattle built structures pre-dating the marshland reclamation of the Isle of Selsey. Additionally, I have also been involved with the HLF funded ‘Rescued from the Sea’ project, helping to record and model a Bronze Age burial cairn and Mesolithic land surface excavated from beneath an eroding dune system in Druridge Bay in Northumberland.