Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for the Reporting of Finds of Archaeological Interest
Welcome to the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association, English Heritage and Crown Estate Protocol web pages.
The offshore dredging industry provides around 20% of the aggregate needed for construction projects across the UK. Though all dredging areas are assessed for archaeological potential prior to the granting of the licence, industry staff are still highly likely to encounter archaeological finds during their day to day work.
BMAPA and EH put in place the Protocol, developed by Wessex Archaeology, in 2005 which advises industry staff on how to protect our submerged heritage. The Protocol states that all finds of archaeological interest should be reported using the Implementation Service run by Wessex Archaeology, which is now entering its 5th year. In October 2009 the Crown Estate confirmed that it will jointly fund implementation of the Protocol with BMAPA for the next three years.
Follow the links on the right hand side to learn more about the Protocol, the associated Awareness Programme and the wealth of discoveries that have been reported because of its implementation.