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England's Coastal Heritage

Front cover for England's Coastal Heritage

A review of progress since 1997

Hardback by Peter Murphy


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The English Heritage Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (RCZAS) programme has produced a wealth of new information, with over 45 survey reports now completed. Alongside this, the offshore survey completed as part of the Marine Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund has increased understanding of early prehistoric coastal change, while other researchers have extended back the time scale for a human presence in England to at least 900,000 years. From a wider Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management perspective, there has been increased participation by English Heritage in Defra and Environment Agency initiatives.

It is now time to review what has been achieved and learnt from the RCZAS and other recent coastal historic environment studies. The book includes an introduction to the coastal historic environment, a consideration of long-term coastal change, an outline of survey, recording and characterisation methodology; a national review of the coastal historic environment and a separate discussion of regional significance, a set of research priorities for the future, and a final section considering how England's coastal heritage should be managed in the future. The fact that climate change will impact significantly, and mostly adversely, on the coastal historic environment, gives a special urgency to this new publication.


List of abbreviations
The RCZAS reports and referencing
1. Introduction to the coastal historic environment
2. Survey, recording and characterisation in the coastal zone
3. Coastal change
4. The coastal historic environment
5. Research priorities
6. Managing England's coastal heritage
Appendix 1 Regional research priorities

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £50.00
  • Series: Archaeology
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Hardback
  • Physical Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Pages: 184
  • Illustration: 149, Colour
  • Product Code: 51696
  • ISBN: 9781848021075


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England's Coastal Heritage

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  • Aldbrough, Holderness, East Yorkshire. Rotational failure of till cliff.
  • Low Hauxley, Druridge Bay, Northumberland
  • Hallsands, Devon. Remains of the villages, destroyed by beach draw-down in 1917.
  • Happisburgh, Norfolk. This WWII pillbox was originally on top of the cliff.
  • St Nicholas, New Romney, Kent. The Norman doorway is well below modern street level owing to deposition of flood deposits in the late 13th century.
  • Emsworth, Hampshire. 19th to early 20th century oyster ponds.
  • Craster, Northumberland. A small rock-cut harbour.
  • Hayling Island, Langstone Harbour, Hampshire. Abandoned section of Mulberry Harbour.
  • Skipsea Withow Mere, East Yorkshire. A section of organic lacustrine deposits in a cliff face.

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