Hard Rock Aggregates and Subterranean Archaeology: Research Report (5713)

Author(s): Glyn Davies, Rowan May, Peter Claughton

This report, which was written in 2010 with funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, describes the results of a project to review planning-led approaches to subterranean archaeological remains in hard rock aggregate quarries. The term ‘subterranean archaeological remains’ encompasses deeply buried features of natural or human origin that contain deposits or structures of archaeological interest, most obviously caves and mines. Due to their location, subterranean archaeological features may be unknown and can have limited visibility when assessed through standard techniques of archaeological field evaluation. The report reviews the scope, nature and potential of subterranean features, as well as the impact of quarrying on them and the methods used for their assessment and mitigation in a planning context.

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Research Department Reports
Cave Quarry Archaeology


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