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1998/2008 surveys

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.

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