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Council Services:

Archaeological Consultancy

The staff of the Places Team review new developments in the county ranging from new road schemes and mineral sites to private household extensions, and the work of statutory undertakers like gas and water pipelines.

Planning advice and advice on new development

Advice is given through the planning departments of the County and District Councils and directly to developers. If you think your development might affect an archaeological site, or want to know how to avoid them and limit your development costs then the Places Team is here to help. In the event of archaeological work taking place there are a range of activities that might occur, Archaeological Excavation being only one, and that is the exception rather than the rule.

It is important to remember that archaeological remains are irreplaceable. They should be seen as a limited and non-renewable resource, in many cases highly fragile and vulnerable to damage and destruction. Appropriate management is, therefore, essential to ensure that they survive in good condition. They can contain irreplaceable information about our past and the potential for an increase in future knowledge.

Today's archaeological landscape is the product of human activity over thousands of years. It ranges in time from the camps of Stone Age hunter gatherers to surviving twentieth-century military structures. It includes settlements and farmsteads, findspots and earthwork sites, Civil War battlefields and aircraft crash sites. Some sites in wetland areas contain important wood and organic remains.

Archaeological records for Lincolnshire currently contain more than 50000 sites and monuments. Some 478 nationally important sites enjoy special protection as 'scheduled monuments', under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. You may consult the Historic Environment Record (HER) for Lincolnshire that holds the information on these archaeological records. The HER is held and maintained by Lincolnshire County Council.

The staff of the Places Team offer archaeological advice to three of the seven District Councils in Lincolnshire, East Lindsey, West Lindsey and South Holland. North Kesteven, South Kesteven and Boston receive their advice from Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincoln City has a City Archaeologist who advises internally.


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Last updated: 16 January 2018

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