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Hampshire ALSF National Mapping Programme project

Sample areas of Hampshire were surveyed to National Mapping Programme standards from aerial photographs. These surveys were intended to aid decision-making regarding strategic planning, management and research of archaeological sites and historic landscapes in the aggregate-producing areas of the county. Funded by English Heritage (now Historic England) through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF), the work was carried out by the Historic Environment Service of Cornwall Council, in partnership with Hampshire County Council’s Environment Department.

Colour aerial photo of arable fields with a number of sub circular features showing a darker green against a paler background
Bronze Age Barrow cemetery near North Street photographed on 03-JUL-2001 (NMR 21262/26) © Historic England

Hampshire Assessment of Archaeological Resource

NMP mapping concentrated on a number of pre-selected sub-units, each representing an area where any archaeological sites might be at risk from future sand or gravel extraction. This first phase of mapping, undertaken between 2006 and 2008, covered parts of the Avon valley, East Hampshire, parts of the New Forest Coastal Plain, Upper and Lower Test valley, Hampshire Kennet valley and Blackwater catchment, Eastleigh, and Southwick.

The project resulted in the production of a Resource Assessment and a Research Agenda for the aggregate landscape. These highlighted gaps in knowledge of the archaeological resource, the research potential of the resource, and the identification of prioritised research topics. They also fed into the regional Solent-Thames Research Framework.

A fully illustrated version of the project report is available on Archsearch, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) website.

Colour aerial photo showing an arable field next to a road with various round and oval shapes seen as green lines against a mainly yellow background
A previously unrecorded oval barrow, photographed on 03-JUL-2001, lies close to a round barrow cemetery at Upper Burgate, Breamore (NMR 23120/26) © Historic England
The Aggregate Landscape of Hampshire

The Aggregate Landscape of Hampshire

Published 1 March 2010

Report from the Hampshire ALSF NMP mapping project.

New Forest and North West Solent coastal plain

This project continued the NMP work on aggregate-producing areas in Hampshire. It comprises an archaeological survey of the New Forest and North West Solent Coastal Plain, including the western banks of Southampton Water and the coastal fringe of the New Forest National Park. The western edge of the survey area joins up with the limit of previous NMP work at Lymington and the northern edge joins up with the limit of previous mapping at Totton.

Undertaken in 2009, nearly 800 previously unrecorded sites were mapped ranging in date from Bronze Age burial monuments through to 20th century military remains, including a manufacturing site for Mulberry Harbours at Stone Point and some temporary D-Day camps.

Colour aerial photograph showing stone and brick built fort on a sand bar on the coast with a lighthouse behind
Hurst Castle at the mouth of the Solent photographed on 31-JUL-2000 (NMR 18884/24) © Historic England
Hampshire Aggregate Resource Assessment: Aerial Photography Enhancement

Hampshire Aggregate Resource Assessment: Aerial Photography Enhancement

Published 31 March 2010

Report from the Hampshire New Forest ALSF NMP mapping project.

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