Archaeological Interest

Archaeological Interest is the evidence a site may yield about past human activity, experience, interaction and use of, and with the landscape. This activity and interaction may relate to settlement, agriculture, industry, religious practice, transport, conflict, learning, commerce, law and governance. 

This Archaeological Interest is generally reflected in the landscape as potential for buried remains, cropmarks (readable on recent aerial imagery), earthworks, or a combination of these. 

Archaeological Interest can also be found in the structure of buildings, ruined buildings and the composition of man-made and natural landscapes.

Key factors for the consideration of sites of Archaeological Interest are the legibility and survival of any above ground evidence (including Crop Marks); existence of supporting archival information, existing knowledge of the site and the significance of the Archaeological Interest are outlined above against the local, regional and national context.

Guidance and Support for Members of the Public

The following questions will help guide your thinking in interrogating and interpreting the Archaeological Interest of a candidate for Local Listing. 

  • Archaeological Interest is often multi-layered and may cover multiple periods of history and as such complex in nature.
  • Earthworks can be difficult to interpret if you require assistance please contact the project team or contact the Lincolnshire County Council Historic Environment Record (HER).
  • What is the legibility of any earthworks, cropmarks, settlement patterns or other feature of archaeological interest? Has it been disturbed or altered over time?
  • What is the likely level of preservation of below ground evidence?
  • Has the site been ploughed, or otherwise interfered with? If so, is there a scatter of surface level archaeological finds which may provide information about a sites Archaeological Interest?