We explore the rich multi-period remains exposed on the island’s all too rapidly eroding shoreline, and on the lower reaches of the Blackwater and Colne. Our community groups are recording a range of exposed features, including prehistoric trackways, red-hills from the salt-making industry and Saxon fish traps.

Upcoming Events

CITiZAN archaeologists are hosting events up and down the country. Check out our upcoming events.

West Mersea - coastal lives guided archaeology & heritage walk

Oyster farming, fishing and salt production are all famed industries in the Blackwater Estuary and the roots of such activities may be traced back many centuries, even into prehist...

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  • 20/10/2019
  • 11 a.m.

Excavating Mersea: 3000 years of community life

With the kind help of a grant from the Society of Antiquaries, CITiZAN and UCL conducted a small scale excavation on Mersea Island during the summer of 2019 and made some very inte...

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  • 13/11/2019
  • 7:30 p.m.

Searching Mersea discussion with Colchester Recalled History Group

A talk presenting and discussing Searching Mersea, an oral histories project which mapped memories and stories onto Mersea Island, as a tool of locating and understanding foreshore...

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  • 16/01/2020
  • 7 p.m.

Latest Blogs

Find out what the team, our partners and volunteers have been up to in your area in our blogs

So you go on holiday to get away from it all......

In which a CITiZAN archaeologist goes on holiday and bumps into Scotland's intertidal archaeologists SHARP out on fieldwork........

  • By Lara Band
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  • 29/08/2019

Searching for Subtidal Archaeology

Phoebe Ronn writes on how volunteering with CITiZAN and the Thames Discovery Programme led her to take a degree in archaeology at the University of York and focus on lost landscape...

  • By Phoebe Ronn
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  • 31/07/2019

Searching Mersea exhibition opens at Mersea Museum

CITiZAN supported oral histories project "Searching Mersea" involved collecting stories and memories from local Mersea Islanders, to learn more about its changing coastline and dis...

  • By Lawrence Northall
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  • 26/07/2019

Our Resources

Take a look at this useful set of resources for intrepid foreshore explorers and surveyors.