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  How can adequate development planning occur when...
Posted by: GnomeKing - 25th May 2017, 05:29 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - No Replies

How can adequate development planning occur when some important commercial sites are neither listed in HERs, OASIS or any other publicly accessible record?

This is no trivial matter - i have personal knowledge of at least 4 non-trivial sites, each with some 'difficulties' in initially planning approval, one nearly 10 years old, excavated under full commercial contracts and planning legislation, for which there is no Report, no deposited Archive, no digital listing, and (rather shockingly) no County Council listing or HER entry.

A 'Desk-Based' survey for the areas would suggest no known archaeology for any subsequent development. Sure, if the friendly Mounty remembers the work, and happens to have time to speak to you, they might remember that some work was done, and perhaps even the most broad archaeological narrative. However this is utterly sub-standard for planning commercial risk, archaeological potential, and in PREPARING ADEQUATE METHODS for heritage mitigation. We need plans. We need assemblages. We need dates. WE NEED THE DETAILS.

Even when a Mounty might have provided this kind of input, there is no guarantee they will, for a variety of reasons (eg generally not wanting to get involved with problems, overworked/under-funded, simple Council power games etc).
In at least one other case, the lack of an updated HER record meant that a 'significant' site was discovered in an area which had been judged 'low significance', but would have been considered 'high' had the previous adjacent excavation (with no public record) had been factored in. The Mounty said nothing. I have personal experience of exactly the same - different County/Company/Site, but same old story...

I am very much first-in-line to defend our Public Services and County Council colleagues, and i put the blame firmly in the hands of the Commercial sector, who still seem to think that County Councils, Museums, and Public Archives will just clean up their mess, essentially for free!

But, this is just not good enough. The Commercial sector will do nothing unless the CCs get much MUCH tougher...i don't see much prospect of that, so what do we do ?

ps: please please please do not mention the Charted Institute of FA...that really will not help us, not unless most of the executive body is severely shaken up...at every turn where the Institute of FA should have helped, it has proved a closed door, dead-end, and total waste of ones time + ink.

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  Logic bending and poor analysis.
Posted by: Stephen Jack - 19th May 2017, 11:49 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (1)

Close your facebook cattle land accounts.

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  Automonous Surveying
Posted by: Stephen Jack - 5th May 2017, 07:39 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (3)

Its been a few years since I posted anything here, and that's not due to lounging about on that unsearchable excuse for a forum called facebook.

This post is to see if there is any life here that may wish to input into the development of autonomous surveying. I wrote about doing this nearly 10 years ago did as much work on it at the time as I could, now it is possible to build the equipment that can survey at 8cm accuracy, and at a low cost. There have been many advances in that 10 years eg. battery capacity up size more than halved. Motor power sky high size halved. Software free, power of, unbelievable.

I spent 20 years doing survey work in the construction and mining industry, not in the field of Archaeology, so what are your needs and requirements?

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  Recover your password
Posted by: BAJR - 31st March 2017, 10:40 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (5)

Die to failing numbers and security issues, I dropped the old forum...  however, there was so much knowledge contained in these 15 years of rumination, that I was loathe to lose it.   so I dropped it into a basic forum system... 

You may experience difficulty in signing in...  but you can reset your password.  
If you have trouble...  get in touch  ( info@bajr.org )  and  I will help

cheers my anon BAJRite dears

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  International Heritage Visualisation course
Posted by: BAJR - 31st March 2017, 10:29 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - No Replies

Just updated the BAJR Uni and College courses section .  and added the Glasgow School of Art - International Heritage Visualisation course.   pretty damn cutting edge ...  if not bleeding...  

The MSc course equips individuals with the knowledge and skill sets required to create digital records and visualisations of heritage sites and objects of local, national and international significance.   

Worth a thought!  ( this is one of the growth areas for the future) 


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  CSCS card help
Posted by: Oasis - 21st March 2017, 03:53 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (3)

Afternoon all!

I need a CSCS card for a job but I'm not sure how to go about it. I've not yet graduated and I'm not a member of CIfA. Can I still get the CRO card now then upgrade when I graduate?

Many thanks

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Posted by: P Prentice - 20th January 2017, 01:42 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (10)

congrats to bakewell for breaking through the £20k mud ceiling.

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  What are EHs recommendations on the installation of new trench arch drain
Posted by: Marc Berger - 10th December 2016, 12:04 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (1)


It says

Quote:A forward to the report summarises current Historic England recommendations on the installation of new trench arch drainage systems.

The summery says

Quote:The conclusions of the study are that the impact of trench arch systems on buried archaeological remains seems to be currently under appreciated. Usage patterns of these systems requires greater consideration and greater attention needs to be given to the siting of these systems. Current understanding of impacts needs developing through laboratory tests and monitoring. The production of best practice guidance is recommended.

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Posted by: Marc Berger - 4th December 2016, 02:10 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (8)

hosty I think that you have a myfilestore redirect on your system

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  What would eh know about buying land for development?
Posted by: Marc Berger - 11th November 2016, 01:17 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (11)


Quote:In some urban locations, particularly towns and smaller cities, development economics have
in the past encouraged developers to propose schemes which retain the archaeological sites
beneath them from the outset. This is because the potential cost of excavation and post-excavation
of large quantities of archaeological material may be greater than the funds available.

Whilst such a ‘lowest cost’ option might initially seem to be attractive, it is essential that the
significance of archaeological deposits and their state of preservation are fully understood,
and harm adequately assessed. This provides sufficient information for decision-taking, and
helps to minimise the risk of unexpected impacts and costs later in the process.

Apart from eh pretending that this is "publication", why dont they just produce it as webpages, my beef with eh's attempts to claim authority over field archaeology is that the clients that I would prefer are ones that come to me before the land is purchased, compulsorily or other wise, mostly because costs could be presented to both the vendor and all potential buyers that should be reflected and defined in the purchase price. Eh popping up with advice after some poor mug has bought a pup is not only plain stupid I think that eh is in collusion with the vendors to maximise their profits from the sale of the land and compensation in cases of compulsory purchase and leaves the archaeological assets as liabilities to the development.

The vendors are the original owners of the archaeology, they should pay a fair contribution from their profits of its sale for it. At a practical level archaeological assessment should be part of the property searches and a matter of conveyance if not indemnity insurance. Buyers should insert claw backs for the archaeology from the sellers.

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