Evaluating Aggregate in North West England

David Jordan, 2007

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The Evaluating Aggregate in North West England project was undertaken by Terra Nova and funded through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund as distributed by English Heritage.


Questions have been raised about the effectiveness of geophysical techniques as a means of evaluating archaeological remains in the North West of England. There have been sufficient doubts, in the judgement of some professional archaeologists, to abandon its use altogether. Others, however, regard geophysical survey as one of the key evaluation techniques and commission its use on many of their projects. Concerns over the effectiveness of geophysical survey in the North West are particularly significant since there are often no good alternatives.

This project investigated the uses and products of geophysical surveys carried out for archaeological evaluation in the North West, concentrating on commercial projects since 1990. It gathered information about the methods, sites, natural contexts and outcomes of all surveys for which information was available. It then analysed this data to reach conclusions about the use and effectiveness of such survey in the roles chosen for it.

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