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Finds Liaison Officer for Sussex
Edwin Wood has recently left the role of Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Sussex and HDAG would like to thank him for his past work. We understand a new Officer will be sought in October.
The FLO plays an important part in recording and protecting our heritage through an organisation called the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Any portable artefacts or finds thought
to be of archaeological interest can be checked out via the Portable
This voluntary scheme was set up to help identify and record archaeological objects found by metal detectorists and members of the public. It was established to promote the recording of chance archaeological discoveries (artefacts over 300 years old) and to broaden public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past.
The FLO visits active metal detecting clubs, archaeological societies and historical groups to enable the clubs to record artefact(s) and the location of the find onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme database (available online at www.finds.org.uk. This information needs to be recorded in order to add to our knowledge about our heritage and to help record archaeological and historical artefacts before they are lost.
The Sussex FLO is based at Lewes Castle &
Barbican House Museum, 169 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE.
For further details paste in the link https://sussexpast.co.uk/home/find-liaison-officer
or Tel: 01273 405731
Special Notice on Heritage Awareness
Special Notice on Heritage Awareness
‘Help us raise the profile of archaeology in the Horsham District and safeguard our heritage’
The identification and recording of archaeology is an invaluable part of the permanent record of our heritage that enriches our culture. Since West Sussex County Council withdrew its archaeological advice service from the planning authorities in the West Sussex District and Boroughs in April 2015, HDAG has monitored the situation in the HDC area regarding the identification and recording of archaeology pre planning.We would encourage anyone who is interested to keep a regular eye on the planning applications in their immediate area. If an application comes up locally to you that you feel should have an archaeological evaluation, let HDAG know so that they can investigate further.
Spreading the word
HDAG has recently given talks to the Horsham Association of Local Councils and the newly formed Crawley Heritage group on the importance of the identification and recording of archaeology/heritage in their local area, and what tools and resources are available to all. HDAG is happy to give a talk to any local individuals or group who would like further information or support in identifying and recording archaeological features in their local area.
The Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill
The above bill was announced in the Queens speech in May 2016.
Here is the link to the full article: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524040/QueensSpeech_2016_background_notes_.pdf
On page 19 it states:
- To ensure that pre-commencement planning conditions are only imposed by local planning authorities where they are absolutely necessary
This has given cause for enormous and serious concern regarding what will now happen with the archaeological, and ecological, assessments that can be recommended as part of planning permission. It is potentially a very regressive policy that will take the identification, recording and preservation of archaeological and ecological knowledge prior to development back to before 20 years ago, when such knowledge was lost due to there being no regulations.
There is a petition currently being circulated to encourage the government to think again.
If you would like to sign it, please follow the link below:
The Historic Environment Record is the first port of call when establishing whether there is any known archaeology in relation to a particular area. So it is vital this is kept up to date through the submission of archaeological summaries by both volunteer and professional archaeological units, and utilised as a regular research tool by whomever would like to use it.
Summary of the HER service
‘The HER contains a summary of known historic assets in West Sussex. Using GIS, the record can be viewed with additional layers of information, such as conservation areas and historic town characterisation. It also holds a number of electronic reports of archaeological investigations, usually carried out as part of the planning process, a summary of which is recorded in the HER. It can be used to assist in the analysis of the landscape and when combined with the Historic Landscape Characterisation, looks at the archaeological evidence as well as historic use to determine how the landscape has changed.’
Heritage Gateway (www.heritagegateway.org.uk)
The Heritage Gateway is managed by Historic England in partnership with ALGAO and IHBC. The website provides access to local and national records on the historic environment including the following resources:
- Local authority records from approximately 60% of England's Historic Environment Records (HERs)
- National records from the National Heritage List for England including listed buildings and scheduled monuments
- The National Record of the Historic Environment (PastScape)
- Records from the National Trust Historic Buildings Sites and Monuments Record
- Photographs of listed buildings (Images of England)
- Historic photographs of England (Viewfinder)
- The NMR Excavation Index
- Information of historic parks, gardens and historic landscapes (Parks & Gardens UK)
- Designation Decision Records
Council for British Archaeology (CBA) (http://new.archaeologyuk.org/speak-up)
The Council for British Archaeology seek to support local campaigns. Encouraging active stewardship of the historic environment, with both buildings and archaeological services, is at the heart of our work.
‘Strengthen our voice and spread the message that archaeology matters by working with us through our campaigns.’
Speak up for our archaeology, conservation and museum services
Help to protect Britain’s ancient woodland archaeology
Encourage good practice in reporting archaeological finds
Add to our voice by joining the CBA
Local Heritage Engagement Network (Council for British Archaeology-LHEN)
‘The Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN) is a project which aims to provide advice and guidance to local people who wish to champion archaeology and heritage in their local areas and make sure that all stakeholders understand the importance of historic environment issues on their doorsteps.’
Visit them at [email protected].
National Trust's Belle Tout archaeological dig - Seven Sisters archaeology project
The Novium (Chichester Museum)
The Sussex School of Archaeology
The Sussex School of Archaeology Limited (SSA) is an established centre of providing archaeology course to the general public and more specialised training courses for amatuer and professional archaeologists. For more details, course and programme of events, Follow the link: http://www.sussexarchaeology.org/