I couldn't agree more. I can see no good reason why the country's
archaeological heritage should be destroyed by irresponsible off-roaders. I
seem to remember that ancient trackways like the Golden Road in Wales, and
the Ridgeway, as well as green lanes in general, are all suffering from this
particular form of abuse. In my view, wheeled traffic should be barred from
places of this nature unless there is a very good reason for its presence,
although how this could be enforced I don't pretend to know.
>>Being more than familiar with Yatesbury having dug there for the best part
of ten years I know exactly what Bob is describing and it is a sorry sight.
With regard to Bob's 'similar horror stories' request, I recently visited
Scutchamer's Knob/Cuckhamsley in Oxfordshire (documented shire meeting for
Berkshire/occupied by vikings in 1006 - see the remarkable Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle ref. etc etc.). The mound itself is horshoe-shaped as a reuslt of
various interventions over the years, but it is undergoing very severe
erosion at present as the 'bowl' inside the 'horseshoe' is being used by 4x4
drivers who drive into the centre of the mound and then up and over the
surviving remains. The site, which is of at least regional importance is
being wrecked and that's an understatement. Given the extraordinary lengths
(beauracracy etc) that the archaeological community have to go to to do even
minor works at sites such as Scutchamers isn't it about time time that a
rather more serious effort is made to protect such sites from those who have
rather less regard for archaeological remains.