Month: February 2011

Scotland’s heritage protection

In a recent meeting of the IfA’s Executive committee it was recognised that ‘the greatest threat to archaeology and the historic environment comes from cuts to local authority historic environment services’ (see http://tinyurl.com/6jgh4td) The instrumental role of these services in identifying, protecting and mitigating the archaeological implications of development on undesignated assets (that make up …

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London’s top secret

Just yards from the M16 building in Vauxhall lies London’s oldest prehistoric structure, on a site that has remained wrapped in secrecy until its dating could be confirmed. The Thames Discovery Programme can now exclusively reveal that a group of six late Mesolithic timbers have recently been revealed on the foreshore, exposed by an increasingly-aggressive …

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CSR cuts will damage archaeology

RESCUE has serious concern about the impact of the cuts proposed in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) on archaeology in Britain. A variety of considerations do not seem to have been taken into account when plans for the CSR were being made. Numerous surveys, from Power of Place (English Heritage April 2000) to Heritage Counts …

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UK Archaeological Services in Meltdown?

Britain is facing the most significant threat to its archaeological heritage since the heady days of the economic boom of the late 1960s and early 1970s. There is now a significant risk that the whole infrastructure of support and protection for archaeology, painstakingly developed over the past 40 years, will be irreparably damaged as a …

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Leicester City Council reverse decision to close museums

It has been announced that Leicester City Council have reversed their decision to close the city’s Jewry Wall Museum, Belgrave Hall, Abbey Pumping Station and The Guildhall. A campaign, mounted by , amongst others, Leicester Civic Society, has also caused the council to rethink its proposal to charge non-city entrants for admission to the museums. …

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Rescue write to Kenneth Clarke concerning human remains and archaeology

Rescue have recently written to The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, over recent changes to conditions on licenses granted under the Burial Act of 1857 and the Disused Burial Grounds (Amendment) Act of 1981. These changes have made rapid reburial a key requirement of such licenses, which have placed limitations …

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