SK0016 : Rugeley Camp - Hut base foundations

taken 1 year ago, 3 km from Etchinghill, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Rugeley Camp - Hut base foundations
Rugeley Camp - Hut base foundations
Large parts of the Great War Rugeley (Penkridge Bank) Camp were given over to intensive forestry. As the forest operations have become increasingly mechanised these inevitably result in damage to the fragile hut bases and concrete slabs. Over half of the stub concrete hut foundations in this recently thinned area are dislodged or broken up.

I suppose the question raised is if the site is of little archeological value and has already been devalued by nearly 100 years of forestry operations does it's complete destruction matter?

It probably highlights the need for any significant archeological sites to be identified and scheduled or as a minimum risk-assessed to provide protection from forestry operations.
The Chase Through Time
The Chase Through Time is a Heritage Lottery funded project with Staffordshire Council, Historic England and local volunteers to unravel over 2000 years of manís activity across Cannock Chase.

Cannock Chase has a rich history with its Iron Age Camp at Castle Ring, Medieval Hunting Forest, Deer Park and grazed heathland, two Great War Training Camps and post war forestry. Hidden beneath the trees and scrub there is a lot to be found.

As part of the project a LIDAR survey was undertaken of the twenty eight square mile area. Some features have been verified on the ground by the volunteers assisting the Historic England researchers. However, with such a large area only some areas have been visited.

Using the images submitted on Geograph in conjunction with the LIDAR and Historic England mapping on Arcgis should allow a photographic record of the features to be developed by the volunteers.

The combined LIDAR map can be found at LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 1 May, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 2 May, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Woodland, Forest  Heath, Scrub  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 001 165 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.7835N 1:59.9352W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 001 165
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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WW1 Rugeley Camp  WW1 

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