Our fragile island heritage

The coast of England is under constant threat from wind, waves and winter storms. These threats wreak havoc on England's varied coastal and intertidal heritage, not only exposing these sites but washing them away before they are ever seen. 

The Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) has been set up in response to these dynamic threats to our island heritage. We are a community archaeology project working in the areas of England exposed at low tide but covered at high tide. We are actively promoting site recording and long-term monitoring programmes led by active volunteers

Find out more about the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network 


CITiZAN a winner: Charity Awards 2018!

CITiZAN have won the Charity Awards 2018 for Arts, Culture and Heritage, recognising our network's innovation and dedication to record our fragile coastal and intertidal heritage. It is such an honour to have the hard work of our network of archaeologists, volunteers and partners recognized by the wider charity sector! 

We could not have done it without you!

Many thanks go out to all involved who have made CITiZAN a success:

Thank you for your support and your dedication over the past 3 years. This award is an amazing recognition of all that you do! 


If you'd like to know more about the CITiZAN sites, have a look at the online resources: 

East Sussex


Adopt your coastline!

Want to get involved? Download the CITiZAN app for your smartphone and monitor the fragile heritage on your local foreshore. With nothing more than the phone in your pocket, you can locate and monitor at-risk archaeology with your smartphone!  

Register as a CITiZAN surveyor and you can locate and monitor at-risk archaeology with your smartphone!