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Archaeology and Scheduled Ancient Monuments

The Isle of Wight as viewed from the top of Hengistbury Head 

Archaeological remains are seen as a finite and non-renewable resource, in many cases highly fragile and vulnerable to damage and destruction. Appropriate management is therefore essential to ensure their survival.  The Local Planning Authority will endeavour to protect Scheduled Ancient Monuments and archaeological remains, and take account of archaeological considerations as part of the development control process. 


The needs of archaeology and development can be reconciled, and potential conflict reduced, if developers discuss their preliminary plans for development with the Local Planning Authority at an early stage.  Prior to making a planning application, developers should undertake an initial assessment of whether the site is known or likely to contain archaeological remains.  Both the County Council Archaeological Officer and English Heritage should be consulted. When it is clear important archaeological remains exist, the Local Planning Authority will require an archaeological field evaluation be carried out in order that an informed decision can be made on how best to preserve the site.


Ancient Monuments are protected by the Ancient Monuments & Archaeological Areas Act 1979.  Under this Act the Secretary of State has a duty to compile and maintain a schedule of monuments; monuments on the schedule have statutory protection.

If the development proposed affects a Scheduled Ancient Monument, advice needs to be sought so that proper mitigation strategies can be developed in response to the development.

Archaelogical finds and Ancient Monuments

Bournemouth's Archaeological Finds|

Bournemouth's Ancient Monuments|

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