East Sussex: assessment of archaeological resource in aggregate areas

East Sussex County Council, 2010

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Casper Johnson
County Archaeologist
Archaeology Section
East Sussex County Council
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East Sussex County Council (2010) East Sussex: assessment of archaeological resource in aggregate areas [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1000152

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The project was undertaken between August 2007 and March 2008 as a partnership between East Sussex County Council's Archaeology Section and local specialists during 2007-2008, funded by the ALSF and overseen by English Heritage. It has transformed the country's Historic Environment Record (HER) for its largest areas of sand and gravel resources. These comprise a high proportion of its coastline and the study areas approach a quarter of the total area of the County.

The Archaeology Section put together draft desk-based assessments of these areas using the HER. These were then reviewed by local technical experts in palaeoarchaeology, geoarchaeology, prehistory and post-medieval, military and industrial archaeology to define gaps in the HER and identify new sites.

As a result, nearly a thousand new monument records were added to the HER, increasing the total number for the county by 13%. The HER's coverage of military sites, particularly East Sussex's unique range of Second World War coastal defences, has been significantly enhanced.

This project contributes to future development control with partner authorities, minerals planning with County Council colleagues and the South-East Historic Environment Research Framework.

The project produced a main report:
Johnson,C. and Chuter,G. 2009: Assessing the Historic Environment of the East Sussex Aggregate Resource. East Sussex County Council (Archaeology Section) Unpublished Report for English Heritage.
It also produced five separate Desk-based Assessments for the project study areas.