We were contracted by David Wilson Associates, Landscape Architects, to provide archaeological input into an Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed holiday cabin development at Thornylee, Clovenfords in the Scottish Borders.
The brief stated the team had to assess any impact against known sites both within and up to 1km beyond the proposed development. The initial information for the survey was generated by undertaking a desk-based assessment of data from the Borders Council Historic Environment Record (HER), the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monument of Scotland (RCAHMS) and the Scheduled Ancient Monument Inventory. This initial assessment was supplemented by analysis of historic map evidence, records and aerial photographs for the proposed development area. This allowed the team to collate all available information on previously known historical sites, but also identify previously unknown sites of archaeological and cultural heritage potential. Each of the sites identified was then assessed for its importance/significance and the level of impact upon it from the proposed development.
The desk-based assessment was followed by a walk-over survey of the proposed development site and the surrounding area; this was undertaken in order to assess the character, extent and condition of the sites, monuments and landscape features identified by the desk-based assessment. The survey also aimed to identify any other features of cultural heritage interest not originally detected by the desk-based assessment.