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Rescue respond to threat to Wansdyke

Rescue respond to threat to Wansdyke

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Rescue's response to Bath and NE Somerset Council's proposed changes to their Core Strategy
Rescue's response to Bath and NE Somerset Council's proposed changes to their Core Strategy

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Published by: Rescue - The British Archaeological Trust on May 08, 2013
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Response submitted to Core Strategy Proposed Changes, Bathand NE Somerset Council
Change SPC8808/05/2013
Rescue - The British Archaeological Trust is a non-political organisationdedicated to supporting archaeology and archaeologists in Britain andabroad. We do not receive any state support and are entirely dependenton the contributions of our members to support our work.We believe that change SPC88 to the Core Strategy for Bath and North-East Somerset will have an unacceptably negative impact on both thewestern Wansdyke Scheduled Ancient Monument and Bath World HeritageSite.Western Wansdyke forms part of a series of defensive, ditched andbanked earthworks running from Maes Knoll in Somerset to SavernakeForest in Wiltshire. The line of the western Wandsyke is relatively clearthroughout its length until it reaches the eastern terminus where itreaches the ridge south of Bath and disappears under the Cross Keys pub.Its route beyond there is unclear, and difficult to trace due to both naturaltopography and historical activities (e.g. Fullers Earth digging), thereforethis easternmost part of the route is topographically important, as the lastpart that can be clearly seen and surveyed. Recent research into thismonument has suggested that it may have its origins in the Middle Saxonperiod and therefore comparable with Offa's dyke, but such research is inits infancy and there is, as yet, no consensus on its date or the appropriatemethodologies to study or understand it. The change to the core strategyin this area will destroy the open landscape context of the Wansdyke,which has already been lost immediately to the west of the proposeddevelopment area, and the construction of the new road scheme will riskcausing physical damage to the monument itself. Such monuments arevital to our understanding of our development as a nation from individualkingdoms, and defining and understanding the termini of these linear

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