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Archaeological Sites

Archaeological sites and monuments are found in our towns and villages, our fields and woods, and along our coastline. This evidence of past activity can range from finds of single artefacts to large and complex multi‐period sites such as settlements, ritual places and burial sites, and the remains of past industrial activity. Almost all of our modern settlements are built over evidence of previous occupation, with the majority of our towns and villages having historic cores and areas where the remains of earlier activity is likely to be encountered. Where known, archaeological sites and features are recorded on the Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record (HER).

Whether known or unknown, development and construction has the potential to affect archaeology and remove evidence of previous activity. If you are intending to carry out works likely to disturb the ground, are preparing to submit a planning application in one of East Lindsey's historic settlements, or, are planning a major development anywhere in the District then you will need to consider archaeology.

It is always best to contact us before you make a planning application. Heritage Lincolnshire provide advice on pre‐application discussions and planning applications, on the impact on known and potential archaeology. We can help to assess the archaeological potential for a proposed development, and can provide advice to help mitigate its impact on the archaeological resource.This may help your proposal to avoid any archaeology and preserve it in situ, saving time and money.

More information is sometimes required about potential before a planning decision can be made. For this, you could be asked to commission archaeological investigations. A pre-determination archaeological evaluation helps to decide if a site has surviving archaeology. Unless archaeology is of schedulable quality, for most developments any archaeology can be dealt with post-determination, through archaeological conditions attached to any planning permission.

All archaeological work should follow the same process:

  • a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) will need to be produced and approved by the planning authority.
  • a specified period of time (usually two weeks) is required to give notice of the commencement of work on site.
  • the work needs to be undertaken in accordance with the approved WSI.
  • a report of the findings needs to be produced, and approved.
  • the archive needs to be successfully deposited, and proof of this provided. 

Only once all these steps have been complete, can the archaeological condition be fully discharged.


Contact Heritage Lincolnshire, Archaeologist on:

Address: Senior Historic Environment Officer, Heritage Lincolnshire, The Old School, Cameron Street, Heckington, NG34 9RW.

Tel: 01529 461 499