Experimental Mapping of the Risk of Encountering Buried Archaeology on Aggregate Landscapes

Keith Challis, Andy J. Howard, Mark Kincey, Paul Breeze, 2014

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Keith Challis, Andy J. Howard, Mark Kincey, Paul Breeze (2014) Experimental Mapping of the Risk of Encountering Buried Archaeology on Aggregate Landscapes [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1025066

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This project has built on a number of significant aggregate related projects funded in the Trent Valley under previous rounds of the ALSF. The significant corpus of archaeological knowledge gathered for this valley floor provides arguably the best (national) opportunity to develop and test a model for archaeological decision making with respect to risk and for the direct transfer of this knowledge to the minerals industry via the regional HERs.

In simple terms, such models should allow any mineral operator, or other non archaeological stakeholder, to identify a parcel of land for aggregate extraction, consult the HER and to gain a first level of understanding of the likely archaeological value of that land (and hence an assessment of mitigation costs). It is anticipated that the development of such an approach will provide the following benefits to both the aggregates industry and heritage management community:

  • An easily accessible, interactive resource that can be the focus of query based interrogation.
  • A rapid first order assessment of the level of risk (and hence mitigation demands for both developers and heritage managers).
  • An easily up-datable resource, which can be refreshed as new data become available. New data fields could also be added which provide additional information about archaeological resource management (e.g. groundwater conditions).
  • A generic approach, which if the subject of successful trial in the Trent Valley, could be up-scaled to a national level.

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