Archaeological Discoveries from the Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol and Offshore Reporting Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries
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Archaeological Discoveries from the Marine Aggregate and Offshore Wind Industries
Aggregate Industry Protocol (MAI)
Finds of Archaeological Interest provides a scheme
for companies working in the UK aggregates industry to report archaeological
material discovered during dredging operations or encountered in aggregate
material at wharves.
is in partnership with the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA), The
Crown Estate and Historic England (formerly English Heritage), and is
implemented by Wessex Archaeology. Since its launch in 2005, over 1,600 objects have been
reported through the Protocol.
ensures that as much information about each discovery is gained through
research undertaken by Wessex Archaeology. Corresponding reports are
disseminated back to the relevant aggregates company and also to the regional
and national heritage archive bodies.
Renewables Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries (ORPAD) is a scheme
for developers working in the UK offshore renewables industry to report any
archaeological sites and material encountered during their investigation of the
seabed undertaken throughout all stages of the development, but predominantly
the pre-consent and installation phases of wind farm developments. The
logistical difficulties of working at sea mean that despite record searches,
geophysical surveys and deploying divers or sub-surface vehicles to areas
within a development area, there is still high potential for discrete finds and
previously unknown or buried sites to be revealed.
ORPAD was launched in 2010 as a joint venture between The Crown Estate (who
fund the project) and Wessex Archaeology (the implementation service), and
since then over 530 archaeological discoveries have been reported. ORPAD helps
protect these archaeological discoveries by establishing a framework through
which any unexpected archaeological remains, which range from aircraft remains
and articulated shipwrecks to single anchors, historical unexploded ordnance
(UXO) and palaeoenvironmental remains, can be investigated before any
information is lost.
Archaeology researches these finds and produces reports that are disseminated
back to the relevant developer and also to the regional and national heritage
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