The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments NMP
The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a semi-upland area, defined by steep scarps leading to high plateaux divided into ridges by wooded valleys, on the border between Devon and Somerset. It is a relatively under-studied area and the project will provide good archaeological information to inform land management. This includes potential changes due to initiatives to reduce water pollution from agriculture, targeting the catchments of the rivers Sid, Otter and Axe.
The survey will examine all readily available aerial photographs and other relevant sources, such as lidar data, for an area of 546 square kilometres. It will take in the whole of the Blackdown Hills AONB, excluding a small area that was assessed as part of a previous NMP survey. The area also includes a small part of the East Devon AONB on the southern edge of the survey area and an area to the north and east to take in the section of the A358 between Taunton and the A303 that will be affected by road improvements. Here a specially commissioned lidar survey will enhance the NMP survey by providing much needed baseline data along the route of the A30/A303 in advance of works.
The survey is funded by Historic England and is being carried out by a team from AC Archaeology, hosted by Devon County Council and in partnership with Somerset County Council.
The survey will greatly enhance the County Historic Environment Records (HERs) for all periods from prehistory to the Second World War. It began in March 2016 and is due to be completed in the late summer of 2017.
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