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Dudley’s archaeological heritage is a vital component of the historic environment comprising many hundreds of sites, buildings and structures.

All archaeological remains, whether structures, earthworks or buried deposits potentially hold the key to a better understanding of Dudley’s past and how it has evolved to the present, thus reinforcing the sense of place and local distinctiveness that makes Dudley special.

Our archaeologists, therefore, aim to identify, conserve and promote the archaeological heritage of Dudley.

Sites range in date and type from prehistoric artefact scatters, to medieval settlements, historic parkland, water mills and the many sites and structures of the Industrial Revolution. There are also whole areas, such as the medieval planned town of Dudley itself, which have a high archaeological potential.

Eleven of Dudley’s most significant sites are of acknowledged national importance and therefore designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

New archaeological sites are regularly identified through survey and fieldwork and through information supplied by local people. A record of all Dudley’s known archaeological sites is kept on the Historic Environment Record.

Nine of the Borough’s most significant sites are of acknowledged national importance and therefore designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Find out about Archaeological Remains

You can find out if a site that you are interested in is likely to contain above or below ground archaeological remains and also how any remains might affect future development proposals by:

  • contacting the Historic Environment Team
  • following the process shown on the archaeology flowchart for potential development.

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Specific policies relating to archaeology are contained in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP - HE8, HE10 & HE11), and in the Black Country Core Strategy (Policy ENV2).

Supplementary Planning Guidance that defines how proposals for planning permission affecting archaeology will be handled by the Council is available in the form of a publication “Archaeology and Development in Dudley – A Code of Practice for Early Consultation”. This document stresses the benefit and potential savings, both in terms of time and money, of consultation with the Historic Environment Section at the beginning and in the very early planning stages of development proposals.

Management of Archaeological sites

Archaeological sites require to be managed sensitively through the planning system as a fragile and finite resource. 

We therefore monitor all new development proposals in order to ensure that important archaeological sites are preserved in-situ wherever possible. Where this is not feasible archaeological recording, paid for by the developer, will be required in advance of development taking place.

For more information please refer to the Historic Environment SPD (September 2017) and to the flow chart which illustrates the process for determining archaeological significance on a potential development site and the level of mitigation required.

Scheduled monuments

Scheduled monuments are statutorily designated and protected archaeological sites of national importance.