Wiltshire and Swindon Aggregate Resource Assessment

Cotswold Archaeology, 2012

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Introduction

An Archaeological Resource Assessment of the Aggregates Producing Areas of Wiltshire and Swindon was undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology in 2010 and 2011. The project was funded by English Heritage, through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF). It is one of a number of similar projects summarising the aggregate resource of counties and unitary authorities, including Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

The project mapped the potential aggregate producing areas of Wiltshire and Swindon, dividing the resource into three Aggregate Character Areas (Sharp Sand and Gravel, Soft Sand and Crushed Rock), and further aggregate sub-areas. These areas defined the project 'study area'. The Sharp Sand and Gravel deposits broadly comprise the major river valleys such as the Thames, Salisbury Avon, Bristol Avon, the Kennet and the Stour. The Soft Sand deposits are found across the county, whilst the Crushed Rock deposits comprise limestone deposits in the north-west.