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:
Supplementary Planning Guidance
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.