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If things are only recorded and given no legal rights how do we know their value? Rather a silly question to ask on TMA, after all we all notice the gradual attrition that happens on prehistoric sites. Whether by farming methods or the gradual building of housing estates, or even the dumping of rubbish.
So some facts in Elizabeth Dale's article are totally surprising .....

"It is startling then to learn that more than 93% of Cornwall’s ancient monuments remain almost completely unprotected.

The Historic Environment Record, the principle source of information on archaeological sites in the UK, lists more than 13,000 prehistoric monuments in Cornwall, only 816 are scheduled. In recent years a lack of government funding has meant a slowdown in scheduling across the country. Between 2007 and 2017 only six prehistoric monuments were scheduled in Cornwall, of those just two were previously unprotected sites, the rest were updates to monuments already recorded."

TMA and the Megalithic Portal have marvellous databases, I suspect so does Drewboy for Scotland! but officialdom in the form of English Heritage is obviously underfunded and no longer cares for out of the way sites, so what would you do?


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Posted by moss
14th January 2018ce

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