Farming the Historic Landscape. Caring for Archaeological Sites on Arable Land

Managing archaeological sites on cultivated land presents a particular challenge, since regular cultivation - or only one instance of deeper ploughing - can damage or destroy any hidden remains.  Nevertheless, although these sites have been damaged in the past, and many may be suffering harm now, the process is often partial and gradual.  As a result, large numbers of sites under cultivation still remain of great importance and would benefit from action to halt or minimise the impact of ploughing.

Farmers can play a vital role in ensuring that these sites are passed down to future generations.

This leaflet has been designed to help farmers, land managers and farm advisers identify archaeological sites that are on arable land and achieve best practice in their management.

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 50910
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