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South East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Phase 1: Desk Based Assessment

South East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Phase 1: Desk Based Assessment

Report ref.: 71330.03

By Sophie Thorogood, Andrea Hamel, Victoria Lambert, Andrew Bicket

Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by English Heritage (now Historic England) to undertake a Phase 1 Desk-based Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey of the South East coast of England. The project assesses the extent to which the coastal historic environment is under threat from rising sea levels, coastal erosion, flooding, development and other threats.

The South East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (SE RCZAS) is part of a wider programme of Rapid Coastal Zone Assessments and as such contributes to the developing national picture of the coastal historic environment. The assessment was undertaken with reference to Defra's Shoreline Management Plan 2 (SMP2) data (from the North Solent SMP2, South Downs SMP2, Isle of Grain to South Foreland SMP2 and South Foreland to Beachy Head SMP2) as well as floodlines supplied by the Environment Agency. The results of Phase 1 will inform the Phase 2 fieldwork.

Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1. Document Parameters
1.2. Study Area
1.3. Project Background
1.4. Aims and Objectives
1.5. Structure of the Report
2. METHODOLOGY
2.1. Overview
2.2. Data Collation and Review
2.3. Record Enhancement And Mapping
2.4. Synthesis and Assessment
3. GEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND AND LAND USE
3.1. South Coast and East English Channel Geology
3.2. Southern North Sea Geology
3.3. Glaciation, Sea-Level Change and Submerged Landscapes
3.4. Geology, Soils and Land Use of the South-East Coast
4. HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW OF THE SOUTH-EAST COAST
4.2. Archaeological Overview of the SE RCZAS
4.3. Archaeological Potential and Importance
4.4. Previous Archaeological Survey Work and Research
5. ASSESSMENT OF THREAT AND VULNERABILITY
5.1. Degree and Nature of Threat to Coastal Historic Assets
5.2. Sites at High Risk of Damage or Destruction
5.3. Specific Sites At Risk Within The Coastal Stretches
5.4. Management Priorities
5.5. Future Research Priorities
6. PHASE 2 SCOPING
REFERENCES
APPENDIX I: RELEVANT POLICY AND MANAGEMENT UNITS (EAST TO WEST)

Additional Information

  • Series: RCZAS Reports
  • Publication Status: Completed

If you require an alternative accessible version of this document please contact: Wessex Archaeology, Portway House, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury, SP4 6EB

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