Identification and quantification of archaeological projects arising from aggregate extraction in Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex

Museum of London Archaeology, 2012

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Introduction

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The project aimed to identify and quantify past archaeological investigations arising from hard and soft aggregates extraction in Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex, which currently have incomplete or inappropriately low levels of dissemination. The study provides a basis for a future strategy to improve and widen public dissemination of the results of such investigations, including the deposition of the project data into a publicly accessible research archive. The Project, presented as a report and database, has been funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, administered by English Heritage.

The four counties are unconnected and have been grouped together by English Heritage for the purposes of the current study. This report assesses each county separately and in addition provides some comparison between each county. The study was primarily conducted through the review of archaeological journals and other publications, along with a trawl of the Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex and Chichester District Historic Environment Records (HERs). Museums archives and archaeological contractors were also consulted.

The report concludes that currently there is a relatively low level of dissemination in respect of what is considered sufficient and appropriate under the criteria defined in this report. Across the four counties, between 21.9% and 52.1% are appropriately disseminated, with the breakdown within each county as follows:

  • Surrey - 52.1% adequately disseminated
  • Hampshire - 50% adequately disseminated
  • East Sussex - 33.3% adequately disseminated
  • West Sussex - 21.9% adequately disseminated