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ARCHAEOLOGISTS WARN HERITAGE WILL SUFFER IF COUNTIES GO

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Many of Britain's greatest archaeological sites could be under threat because of local government reorganisation, a...
Many of Britain's greatest archaeological sites could be under threat because of local government reorganisation, according to the Association of County Archaeological Officers.

Breaking up the counties could mean the loss of specialist skills and sites and monuments records, the association says. Planning protection for vulnerable archaeological remains could also be reduced.

Few districts employ archaeologists and smaller unitary authorities might not be able to afford even current levels of service, the association says.

Unitaries could not provide an adequate service by joining together to fund specialist teams or employing outside consultants, it says.
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