March 2008 saw the completion of a project funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to assess the impact on the historic environment of aggregate extraction in Warwickshire in the past, and to develop strategies for its management in the future. Warwickshire is one of the West Midlands’ main sources of aggregate minerals (primarily sand and gravel, but also hard rock aggregates in the north of the County); pressure on remaining economically viable sources of aggregates is therefore significant.
The project focused on parts of Warwickshire that may potentially produce aggregates and assessed the extent of the known archaeology within these areas by using the information held within the Warwickshire HER database and aerial photographs plotted as part of the ongoing National Mapping Programme. The project has resulted in an enhanced dataset that can be used to develop appropriate responses to future mineral works, inform future strategies to protect the archaeological resource, and will feed into Warwickshire’s emerging Minerals Development Framework. The results of the project will also guide future archaeological research.
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Archaeological Resource Assessment of the Aggregates Producing Areas of Warwickshire and Solihull (pdf, 17Mb)
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Information on areas potentially able to supply the aggregates we need for development and analyse the archaeology of those areas.
The first stage of this project was to identify the location and extent of geological deposits that have in the past, or could in the future, produce aggregates. The relevant geological deposits comprised superficial sand and gravel deposits and bedrock outcrops.
The second stage of this project was to individually define study areas. This was based on the geological areas defined in Stage 1 which were amalgamated to form a single layer and extended by 100m (buffered) to allow for such things as ancillary buildings, mapping inaccuracies or buried reserves.
The Resource Assessment forms the core of the project and consists of a summary of our current understanding of the archaeology and the identification of gaps in our knowledge. This stage of the project is currently being completed.