Hampshire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Scott Wilson, Oxford Archaeology (South), 2013

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Alex Bellisario
Assistant Archaeologist/Historic Environment Record Officer
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
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SO23 8UE
Tel: +44 (0)1962 832341

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Scott Wilson, Oxford Archaeology (South) (2013) Hampshire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1019864

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The digital archive contents

The archive consists of two main parts: the report and the supporting GIS data.

  • The report comes in two volumes: the main report and the appendices (including descriptions and map extracts). These have been further divided to help with downloading.
  • One GIS shapefile (zipped for downloading) which covers the whole of the county.

A note on the GIS

This GIS dataset was completed in 1999. The historic landscape character assessment (HLCA) was inferred from 1:25 000 Ordnance Survey mapping (Explorer and Outdoor Leisure series of maps from 1996-1997). It characterises the modern landscape at that time. The classification takes into account shape and boundary form. It is generally intended to reflect a combination of factors that have affected field patterns so far as these can be detected from their morphology alone. They include their age, topographical context and origin in relation to woodland clearance, enclosure of strip fields or downland and other land use activities.

This mapping should be used to give an impression of an area’s historic landscape character rather than very precise field by field categorisation. It does not map the chronological change or time depth in the landscape as is the tendency for more modern HLCAs.