I have some experience in this field (so to speak!) We surveyed the army
ranges at Yoxter, to the north end of Cheddar Gorge with a community
archaeology group, and I had to write the Health and Saftey policy for
the work. It wasn't difficult, except for the fact that there were open
mineshafts as well as some live ordnance lying around...
The most effective way is to have someone in your group who is familiar
with live firing ranges, and who can recognise ordnance. The cardinal
rule is 'if you don't know what it is, leave it alone' which members of
the Navy Southern Diving Group, who clear the 19th century ordnance from
Woodspring Bay in North Somerset, told me is their motto. It also helps
if you know when live firing is happening...
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From: British archaeology discussion list
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andrew Townsend
Sent: 05 February 2010 15:10
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Subject: WW2 Sites
A contact of mine, who specialises in this type of work, has sent me
the following reply:
Your person should first contact the owner of the site to see what
information they have on the site, items of previous finds, surveys
have been done and what type of training was carried out. ( This will
effect what might be found, and how often things are found).
If there is nothing available then some research must be done in order
to understand the risks and hazards on the site.
The people carrying out the work should receive some training in what
do if any thing is found and what things may look like that they might
not like to dig up.
There are better devices than metal detectors to locate ordnance.
They might also consider the use of a dig warden (specialist in
with range items, including identifying them) to be present on site
during the works, or to carry out a pre briefing - but this will
upon the results of the risk assessment of the hazards.
There are various companies that can provide specialist advice in this
area, - given the persons comments I would recommend that they at
talk to a specialist.
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