National Implementation of the Conservation of Scheduled Monuments in Cultivation Assessment (Cosmic 3)

Author(s): Oxford Archaeology South

This report is an assessment of the risk to scheduled monuments from arable cultivation ie ploughing. It is not simply a point in time survey but also was intended as a tool to help manage this type of heritage at risk. COSMIC 3 assessed all monuments with a Heritage at Risk arable vulnerability, irrespective of whether this placed them on the Heritage at Risk register, or at vulnerable/low risk. It assessed the current risk and the mitigation required to bring the monument into favourable condition. For the purpose of assessment, each monument was broken down into fields or land parcels, a separate assessment was produced for each. English Heritage - now Historic England - commissioned Oxford Archaeology to carry out the research. It was originally commissioned as part of wider work within the National Heritage Protection Plan on the impacts of agriculture and forestry. Where this report refers to the work of English Heritage or EH, these functions are now carried out by Historic England.

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