Highlands Farm, Warlingham

‘No-known archaeology’ doesn’t mean no risk. An Archaeology Desk Based Assessment is the first step in understanding the potential for unknown below ground archaeology that could impact on development.

Desk-Based Assessment is crucial to understanding the archaeological potential of an area proposed for development. This was the case with a project at Highlands Farm in Warlingham, where the proposed development included the removal of existing buildings to erect new residential dwellings.

Thorough desk-based research, which included a site visit to better understand potential past impacts on the site, allowed AB Heritage to assess the likely below ground archaeological potential of the site ahead of our client proceeding with works.

Although on first appearances there appeared to be little archaeological risk within the site limits, AB Heritage was able to establish that there was benefit to the client in taking early precautions to mitigate against the discovery of unexpected archaeology, given the close proximity of the Mesolithic occupation site of Slines Oak (an Area of High Archaeological Potential), along with evidence of prehistoric tool and Roman burials in the surrounding area.

AB Heritage was able to design a well-reasoned and pragmatic strategy for further archaeological work, in order to help the client progress their development works while at the same time mitigating against project risk.

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