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Dr Simon Fitch

PositionSeismic Mapping Research Assistant
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences

Administrative Responsibilities

Lead of the seismic and landscape reconstruction programme (Lost Frontiers Project)


Dr Fitch has a long interest in the study of all aspects of submerged landscapes.

His research has research focused upon the study of submerged Mesolithic landscapes and marine archaeology worldwide and the impacts of environmental and landscape change upon human populations during prehistory.

Earlier research included analysis of the offshore landscapes of Wales as part of the ‘West Coast Palaeolandscapes Project’, the DEFRA funded 'Humber REC Project' and the NOAA funded ‘Between the salt water and the sea strand’, which comparatively studied the inundated marine landscapes of the North Sea and the Gulf.

Study History

  • BSc (Hons), Geology, 2000, Durham University
  • MA, Landscape Archaeology and Geomatics, 2002, University of Birmingham
  • PhD, Archaeology, 2011, University of Birmingham

Research Areas

Simon is currently leading te seismic mapping aspect of the Lost Frontiers project, using high resolution seismic data to locate and map the submerged landscape and target deposits of interest for direct sampling. 

Current Projects

Lost Frontiers – A multi-disciplinary project using seismic mapping, sedimentary DNA and computer simulation to investigate the drowned landscape of Mesolithic Doggerland.

Research Collaborations

The Lost Frontiers project is a collaboration between the Universities of Bradford, Warwick, Birmingham, St Andrews, Trinity St Davids and the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China.


Smith, O., Momber, G., Bates, R., Garwood, P., Fitch, S., Pallen, M., Gaffney, V. & Allaby, R.G. Sedimentary DNA from a submerged site provides evidence of wheat in the British Isles 8000 years before present. Science. 27 February 2015 Vol 347 Issue 6225 DOI: 10.1126/science.1261278

van S., Heteren, Meekes JAC., Bakker MAJ., Gaffney V., Fitch S., Gearey B., Paap BF. (2014). Reconstructing North Sea Palaeolandscapes from 3D and high-density 2D seismic data: An overview. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 1-12

Fitch S., Time and Tide: Modelling the effects of landscape change on Mesolithic population support in the Southern North Sea. In: Ch’ng E. Gaffney V and Chapman H. (Eds.). (2013). Digital Humanities. Springer

Fitch S. And Gaffney V. (2013) Appendix 3 (Technical Appendix): The application of extensive 3D Seismic Reflection Data for the exploration of extensive inundated Palaeolandscapes. In: Ransley J., Sturt F., Dix J., Adams J. And Blue L. (eds). People and the Sea: A maritime Archaeological Research Agenda for England. Council for British Archaeology Press.

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