ALSF Dissemination: Benchmark Report Theme 4B. Management of extraction - Sustainable Heritage

English Heritage, Archaeology South-East, 2010

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The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) was introduced in 2002, initially as a two-year pilot scheme, to provide funds to relieve the environmental impacts of aggregate extraction; past, present and future. The ALSF is distributed on behalf of DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) by, amongst other bodies, English Heritage, who allocate funds against ALSF Objective 2 (Promoting environmentally-friendly extraction and transport) and Objective 3 (Addressing the environmental impacts of past extraction). From the very beginning, some of the levy was used to fund work on the historic environment in order that it could be better managed and understood and that the results of this increased understanding could be spread more widely.

In 2007 DEFRA commissioned a project to bring together and disseminate the results of all research funded by the ALSF during the six years between 2002 and 2007. This is the ALSF Dissemination Project, focusing on four core themes, each of which has up to four distinctive sub-themes. The Heritage theme has been subdivided into three linked projects, each with specific aims and target audiences.

Rich Deposits - Aggregates Extraction, Research and the Knowledge Pool. This is aimed at the 'knowledge'society'; academics within colleges and universities, the contractors involved in the excavation of sites, 'curators', not of museums but those who are often based in planning departments from where they look after the archaeology of a specific area, and the interested public.
The Sands of Time - Aggregates Extraction, Heritage and the Public. This report is aimed at the general public and at government, drawing from the 'knowledge pool. and engaging communities with the heritage associated with both current and past aggregate extraction,
Sustainable Heritage - Aggregates Extraction and Management of the Historic Environment.

This project reviews the impact that ALSF projects aimed at developing new guidance, standards and best practice have had on the aggregates industry, archaeological curators and practitioners. The report provides a critique and summary of the suite of guidance to industry undertaken through the ALSF, placing such guidance in the context of wider research into the historic environment.

Flatman, J., Short, J., Doeser, J. and Lee, E (eds.) 2008 ALSF Dissemination Project 2002-07 Benchmark Report: Sustainable heritage - Aggregates extraction and the historic environment London: UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology, on behalf of English Heritage.