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Cultural resources are an important nonrenewable national asset that, like the mineral resources in which they can occur, are finite and need protection. In the six years since 2002, geoarchaeological research funded by English Heritage (EH) through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) has significantly enhanced our understanding and ability to safeguard the historic environment in areas impacted by aggregate extraction. Most of the funding has been allocated toward strategic research and survey aimed at characterization of both the mineral and archaeological resources, and also toward monitoring and management of the archaeological resources. A smaller but significant contribution has been directed at development and application of new survey and specialist archaeological dating techniques, as well as unexpected discoveries. Such research is aimed at reducing irreversible damage of the archaeological resource as the result of aggregate extraction and ultimately provides the fundamental evidence on which minerals planning policies can be based, thus protecting the finite resources for future generations.

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