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Is there a North-South divide?
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This question has come up a couple of times on other discussions, and it seems fair to chew it over on its own. Is there a real difference in the "Archaeological Experience" in the North to that in the South of England? Are there different pressures affecting the way curatorial advice is given, decisions are justified and how that advice accepted by planners and planning inspectors? How does that change the way work is done on site (more watching briefs in the north seems to be a common theme). What could be the reasons behind this? Also, do units act differently in different areas - For example, I and colleagues I know in nearby counties find that northern-based units working in the area are sometimes recommending watching briefs as the next stage of work in the conclusions to desk-based assessments, when an evaluation is clearly warranted.

To start off, an abbreviated form of my previous posting said:

"I'm quite happy to recommend an evaluation on a one-house development, although it doesn't happen very often. I did this morning, on an undesignated site, based on information from the local society that medieval artefacts have been coming from the area. I'm quite happy to justify it to the planners (but rarely have to in any depth beyond a letter), and the question of whether or not it is going to cost the developers a prohibitive anount of money is not one I'm bothered about. However, I'm quite lucky in that house prices here are so ludicrous that the cost of such an evaluation would be swallowed up in most circumstances by the likely inflation of the house's selling price between the start of the development project and its completion.

I'm wondering if development pressures in the south mean that developers and planners have become accustomed to more stringent archaeological work programmes quicker than in the north, whilst the high selling prices in the south mean that the costs of such programmes are more readily absorbed or passed on the the eventual customer."

It seems there is a lot to talk about here - lets see if we can work out any regional trends...

Discuss!Smile
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Is there a North-South divide? - by Curator Kid - 28th June 2005, 08:42 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by drpeterwardle - 1st July 2005, 10:21 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by troll - 17th August 2005, 01:46 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by the invisible man - 17th August 2005, 03:39 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Hugh - 12th October 2005, 06:56 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Sith - 13th October 2005, 10:26 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Cautionary Tale - 13th October 2005, 10:58 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by BAJR Host - 13th October 2005, 11:14 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by eggbasket - 13th October 2005, 11:52 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Sith - 13th October 2005, 01:23 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Cautionary Tale - 13th October 2005, 02:07 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Hugh - 14th October 2005, 09:48 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Sith - 14th October 2005, 02:59 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Curator Kid - 14th October 2005, 03:30 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by achingknees - 14th October 2005, 04:03 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Cautionary Tale - 14th October 2005, 05:07 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Hugh - 14th October 2005, 07:06 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by troll - 15th October 2005, 02:40 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Cautionary Tale - 15th October 2005, 04:15 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by troll - 15th October 2005, 10:43 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Hugh - 18th October 2005, 09:49 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by drpeterwardle - 19th October 2005, 06:36 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Cautionary Tale - 20th October 2005, 09:33 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by eggbasket - 20th October 2005, 12:52 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by monitor lizard - 20th October 2005, 01:02 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by eggbasket - 20th October 2005, 01:25 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by monitor lizard - 20th October 2005, 01:53 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by eggbasket - 20th October 2005, 01:58 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by troll - 21st October 2005, 11:50 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Curator Kid - 21st October 2005, 12:18 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by eggbasket - 21st October 2005, 12:22 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by troll - 21st October 2005, 12:38 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by RedEarth - 8th September 2008, 12:54 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Steven - 8th September 2008, 04:40 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by RedEarth - 8th September 2008, 09:39 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Steven - 9th September 2008, 10:29 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by RedEarth - 9th September 2008, 11:00 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by 1man1desk - 9th September 2008, 02:48 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by historic building - 9th September 2008, 05:03 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by 1man1desk - 10th September 2008, 02:19 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by monitor lizard - 10th September 2008, 03:40 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by drpeterwardle - 10th September 2008, 05:41 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by vulpes - 10th September 2008, 05:45 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Steven - 10th September 2008, 05:46 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Curator Kid - 10th September 2008, 06:27 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by RedEarth - 10th September 2008, 10:54 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by 1man1desk - 10th September 2008, 11:44 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by 1man1desk - 11th September 2008, 12:51 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by mercenary - 28th November 2005, 08:09 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by Curator Kid - 6th December 2005, 11:52 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by mercenary - 6th December 2005, 02:06 PM
Is there a North-South divide? - by deepdigger - 1st February 2006, 03:21 AM
Is there a North-South divide? - by mercenary - 21st February 2006, 06:21 PM

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