Historic Seascape Characterisation: Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary

Cornwall Council, SeaZone Solutions Limited, 2011

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Cornwall Council, SeaZone Solutions Limited (2011) Historic Seascape Characterisation: Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1000421

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The Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary Historic Seascape (HSC) Project, funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF), is one of four projects commissioned to implement the national HSC Method, extending and applying the principles already underpinning Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) to a range of areas of the English coast, seas and adjacent waters. This project successfully extends the initial implementation of the national HSC Method by the HSC: Demonstrating the Method Project.

The robust national method for HSC is attribute-led, assessing and defining areas that share similar and repeating historic character as Historic Seascape Character 'Types', allowing historic trends and processes to inform and frame the broader sustainable management of change through marine spatial planning, outreach and research projects.

The HSC approach takes a holistic view of the historic seascape which, among many other benefits, facilitates comparison with other comprehensive environmental databases, gives it greater meaning and connectivity with the landscape and seascape perceptions of others, and allows it to provide context for the often 'point-based' datasets available for the marine zone. The resulting product is designed to enable more culturally-informed management of the marine environment and raise public awareness of the historic cultural dimension of the sea.

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