Andrea Hamel, a Stratford resident and marine archaeologist, took part in the new series of BBC2's 'Digging for Britain' programme earlier this week.
Andrea works for Wessex Archaeology and is pictured here with the programme's presenter Professor Alice Roberts, and with Antony Firth of Historic England. The programme included video footage taken during the excavation of a 16th century ship in Kent, about which Andrea said on camera "Some of the samples are so fresh, you can still smell the tar."
Over 100 timbers from the ship's hull were recovered, with dendrochronological analysis funded by Historic England dating the timbers that built the ship to between 1558 and 1580 and confirming it was made of English oak. Source and further information: