I don't know if this is any help at all, but when I had a similar situation
develop in Combe Martin, in North Devon, I wrote a large Plackard of the
gist of 'heritage vandals get lost', and sat in the road infront of the
site! O.K., I was nearly run over by a landrover by the owner of the site
driving, was threatened with physical and verbal abuse, was called a total
nutter by people who should know better, but this did attract the press, and
despite their best efforts the site was totally destroyed.
If nothing else I have the satisfaction of knowing that I am considered a
total nutter, and I am sure that because of my actions, local developers
think twice before taking me on. If you believe strongly enough in your
cause, then fight for it, despite the flack you will get!
Don't expect archaeologists to fight for your cause, you are on your own
brother! Professional archaeologist have too much to lose to get involved
and planning departments are a total load of crap when it comes down to the
rights or wrongs of heritage management!
Basically the whole system stinks and at the end of the day it is down to
individuals like yourself to create such a stink that you have to be taken
notice of! Join the Club Andy - Fight for what you believe is right! You
will not win any friends by it - but so what!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Eyles" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Who do i contact?
> Im actually saddened that the gardens located in that area wont be
> looked at. It seems to be fine and dandy that part of the site was
> looked at in the 1920's, so who gives a stuff if any archaeology
> gets destroyed now!?! If this was in the center of Winchester
> it would be looked at, after all, they send in archaeologists
> to look at whats under a dirty great carpark behind the library,
> but something situated on a council estate gets passed over!
> I see this as another case of getting planning permission through
> as quietly as possible with no real investigation into what might
> be there. I would have thought that an area with such finds would
> be at least worth a glance to see what else might be found in the
> places not so developed as the garages themselves.
> If nighthawks had been going over the area ripping artifacts from
> the ground many of you would have something to say!!
>> I've had a reply stating that there are probably no archaeological
>> remains remaining at this site because of development in the 1920's!
>> Even though there were probable iron age burials,pottery and
>> roundhouse bases found in the same area.
>> Does that mean the contractors can just carry on regardless
>> and turf it all up then? There are big gardens in this area
>> and the only development they have seen is a few greenhouses.
>> Surely there could still be something there?
>> I find it strange that one of the oldest inhabited areas of
>> Winchester can be developed with no real archaeological
>> investigation! Im not a professional in archaeology like many
>> of you, just an interested average person. I really do find
>> it hard to understand why this is allowed to happen.
>> Is this common when local councils want land developed for
>> housing, that archaeology suffers because of this?
>> Im very saddened by the reply i received from the planning
>> dept of WCC.
>> Andy :-(
>>> The council have contractors pulling down garages and a couple
>>> of houses down at the bottom of our street in Winchester They
>>> intend to build more housing for "key workers".
>>> The thing is i happen to know there's archaeology on that area.
>>> Hearths from ironage roundhouses have been found there
>>> along with earlier bucket urns. I know this from the archsearch
>>> site where the records are kept.
>>> Im worried that all of this will be wiped out without being recorded
>>> properly, i've seen this happen around Winchester before.
>>> Who do you think i should contact to make sure this site is
>>> looked at properly, or is there anyone on here who can get it sorted?
>>> Andy :)