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Marshwood Vale NMP

A new archaeological landscape survey of an under-recorded part of south Dorset and Devon. The Marshwood Vale is an area that is coming under increasing farm development pressure as the small farms that characterise the area become aggregated into larger management units. This often leads to associated land management changes - more often intensification - that are potentially damaging to the historic environment.

Colour aerial photograph showing earthworks in a pasture field with ploughed fields on one side and lots of houses on the other
Moated site at Chideock Manor photographed on 14-DEC-2001 © Historic England

The Project

The project will survey the archaeology of 193 square kilometres of south-west Dorset and south-east Devon. Working to NMP standards it will review all readily available aerial photographs and Environment Agency lidar data. Much of the project area lies within the western part of the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the East Devon AONB.

A colour map showing the extents of the project area together with other survey areas and their relation to the local AONBs
Project Area Marshwood Vale

By systematically recording archaeological evidence from aerial photographs and lidar, the project will provide vital data to help manage the historic environment within the Dorset AONB and the East Devon AONB.

Data resulting from the survey will be directly input into the Dorset County Council and Devon County Council HBSMR databases.

The project will be carried out between November 2015 and February 2017 by the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council and AC Archaeology, funded by Historic England through Heritage Protection Commissions (6936).

Colour aerial photograph showing some earthwork banks in rough pasture
Pillow mounds near Coney's Castle photographed on 16-FEB-2005 (NMR 23820/23) © Historic England

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