Tuesday, 15th January, 2008
A LOST city off the Suffolk coast could soon be revealed for the first time with high-tech underwater cameras.
Marine archaeologist Stuart Bacon and Professor David Sear, of the University of Southampton, will explore the lost city of Dunwich.
Mr Bacon, who has worked at the site for 30 years, said: “We are hoping that we will find something good and it is something that I have wanted to do for years.
“I have teamed up with Professor Sear and we are doing a through investigation of the medieval site which means using some of the latest equipment, such as multi-scan sonar as well as echo sounders and GPS.”
Dunwich was the capital of East Anglia 1,500 years ago. Its decline began in 1286 when a sea surge hit the East Anglian coast and it was eventually reduced through coastal erosion to the village it is today.
It is believed there are 16 major structures at the underwater site, which includes churches, chapels and monasteries.
The expedition will build up a picture of the ancient sunken city which lies between 10ft and 50ft down. It will cost £25,000, of which £20,000 has been raised through a donation from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Mr Bacon and Professor Sear hope to begin exploring the seabed in June and maps and images of the lost city will be exhibited at Dunwich museum.