In 1998 English Heritage (now Historic England) published a national 'Monuments at Risk Survey' (MARS).
This showed that since 1945, an average of one archaeological site had been destroyed every day.
These losses include scheduled monuments – historic sites designated as being nationally important. As a follow up, English Heritage (now Historic England) undertook a more detailed assessment of the risks currently facing scheduled monuments in each region.
The survey had two main objectives:
- to evaluate the condition, amenity value and setting of scheduled monuments in the region and the extent to which they are at risk
- to establish priorities for action and monument management.
You can view the results of each regional survey by downloading the documents below.