Tuesday, 28 June 2011

"Should commerce come before archaeology"

Here is an interesting item on yesterdays PM show, Radio 4, 5.35pm. Those that can access BBC iPlayer press the 'radio' link and listen to the points being discussed.

Archaeology will come increasingly under attack over the next few years. We have already lost the majority of public service, local council run units. Now the legislation defining developer led rescue archaeology will be in the firing line. Local politicians will have their strings pulled by those in Westminster, to gage public opinion on what would have been, only a short while ago, outrageous statements trying to put back heritage related work in the community 20-30 years. Once again, if this is allowed to go unchallenged, our archaeological heritage will be destroyed without record on the majority of developer sites, as they were pre-PPG16. Public support for archaeology is now vital. Write to Eric Pickles to let him know - commerce should NOT come before archaeology.     

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