We were contracted to undertake a walkover survey in advance of proposed development to the west of the historic town of Douglas in South Lanarkshire.
A desk based assessment was completed prior to the walkover survey, identifying two potentially significant sites from aerial photographs – a clear collection of structures not recorded in the earliest maps and an associated large cairn.
The walkover survey aimed to assess the character, extent and condition of any sites, monuments and landscape features identified by the desk based assessment, but also aimed to identify any other features of cultural or heritage interest not originally detected by the desk based assessment. The village recorded on the aerial photographs was located on the ground while the stone cairn was visually assessed as having potential prehistoric origins. A number of additional sites were also identified on the ground.
By locating these archaeological sites we not only enhanced the Sites and Monuments Record for South Lanarkshire, but it allowed the developer to avoid these archaeologically sensitive areas by altering the placement of their proposed development.