Avon Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

South Gloucestershire Council, 2014

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Paul Driscoll
Archaeology and HER Officer
Department of Environment and Community Services
South Gloucestershire Council
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BS15 2TR
Tel: 01454 862175

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South Gloucestershire Council (2014) Avon Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1027501

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The dataset available on these pages consists of a report and 13 sets of shapefiles available as zipped files.


The report contains a technical note by David R. Evans from July 2000 as well as a copy of Mike Chapman's 1998 report: Avon Historic Landscape Characterisation 1995-8.

GIS shapefiles

The GIS files were created using AEGIS which is based on Mapinfo GIS using 3 layers:

  • areas layer (rural categories consisting of field areas)
  • settlement layer (all built settlements)
  • x-areas layer (a spare layer containing important historical areas discovered during the survey but now not evident on the ground and therefore not entered on the areas layer
Each category has been given a GIS number, separate from the group number. Each category can also be identified by a colour. The descriptions of the categories can be found in the report located on the downloads page.