Archaeology is the study and recording of human history and prehistory through the recovery and analysis of artefacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes.
There is a wide range of archaeology both above and below ground in Salford, not all of which has been identified, for example with some being unearthed recently at Greengate, Salford Central and Worsley New Hall.
If there is a belief that investigating a heritage asset further might reveal more about our past, it is said to have an archaeological interest. Many heritage assets have a significance that is a combination of architectural, historic, artistic and archaeological interest, however some assets will only be of archaeological interest, in that nothing substantial may be known about the site but there is an expectation that investigation may yield something of strong enough interest to justify some level of protection.
Heritage assets of national archaeological significance are designated as scheduled ancient monuments.
Paragraph 128 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires applicants to describe the significance of any heritage assets affected by proposed works. Development sites that include or have the potential to include heritage assets with archaeological interest are required to submit an appropriate desk-based assessment and, where necessary, a field evaluation. To find out if there are any heritage assets with archaeological significance in your proposal area, you will need to consult the Historic Environment Record.
The Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service (GMAAS) maintains Salford's Historic Environment Record and provides archaeological advice to the city council. Information on archaeology and planning, and the types of development requiring an archaeological input, is available from GMAAS. If you have an enquiry relating to the Historic Environment Record and archaeological planning advice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Spatial Planning
- Salford City Council
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This page was last updated on 11 February 2014