Oxfordshire Aggregates and Archaeology Assessment

Oxford Archaeology (South), 2011

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Overview

This report examines the impact of previous quarrying on the archaeological resource by generating statistics on the numbers of known archaeological sites of different types and periods which lie within the areas of previous quarrying. Whilst the impact on the archaeological resource from sand and gravel quarrying is obviously much the largest, the effects of limestone, chalk and ironstone extraction have also been considered. A series of case studies looked at current methodologies associated with the evaluation, excavation and mitigation of the archaeological resource within quarried areas, leading to recommendations for improvement.

A detailed impact assessment of areas proposed for future extraction has also been undertaken. The detailed period by period research framework developed in this document will enable a better understanding of the potential of these areas as extraction continues and allow informed discussion on the management and mitigation of the archaeological resource within areas earmarked for quarrying in the future.

The other main aim of the project was to increase public, industry and other stakeholders' awareness of the archaeological potential and evidence for historic landscapes within the aggregate areas. This has been achieved by the production of an illustrated summary booklet.