To excavate the lost village and manor house of Herstmonceux to find evidence of settlement patterns prior to, during, and after the environmentally challenging period of 1250 – 1440 when rising sea levels, coastal inundations, and changing temperatures threatened manor life;
To provide high-quality research training in British archives and archaeology to Canadian undergraduate and graduate students;
To form a cross-disciplinary collaboration whose research will shine light on historical environmental challenges and resulting human strategies;
To create knowledge and understanding and disseminate findings beyond the academy and into the general public, so as to offer a social-science and humanities-based context to current problems of global warming and rising sea levels;
To form lasting partnerships bewteen St. Jerome's University, the University of Waterloo, Queen's University, and the Bader International Study Centre that will establish a permanent excavation site and archaeology school, produce ongoing, rotating museum collections in Canada, and evolve a perpetually student-run museum collection and website on medieval material culture and historical climate change.
To broaden our partnership to include other new members with specialized skills and resources.