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Religion and Ritual pre-AD 410

Front cover for Designation Scheduling Selection Guide: Religion and ritual

Designation Scheduling Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with religion and ritual pre-AD 410.

The purpose of selection guides is to explain our approach to designation. For the scheduling selection guides, archaeological sites and monuments are divided into categories ranging from agriculture to utilities, and commerce and complement the listing selection guides for buildings. In each guide, a historical introduction is followed by a consideration of designation issues, together with sources of further information.

This selection guide offers an overview of the sorts of archaeological monument or site associated with religion and ritual before the formal end of the Roman period (AD410) which are likely to be deemed to have national importance, and for which of those scheduling may be appropriate. It aims to do two things: to set these within their historical context, to introduce the designation approaches employed and how these might be specifically employed in selecting candidates from individual monument types for designation. There is inevitably some overlap with the Commemorative and Funerary selection guide as many sites of a ritual or religious nature also include human remains. This guide concentrates on those sites where the prime function is considered to be ritual or religious but it should be born in mind that in the remote past many, what would now be considered as 'every day' activities, had a ritual or religious dimension. Scheduling is concerned with the protection of sites, so important objects that have been removed to museums are not covered.


  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Overarching designation considerations
  • Specific considerations when considering ritual and religious sites pre-AD 410 for designation
  • Designation considerations by period
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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