Archaeological dig on Baldock site earmarked for industrial use

A series of shallow trenches have been dug in a field at the side of the A505 in Baldock to search for possible archaeological remains. The dig was carried out during the past month by Herts County Council (HCC), owners of the land, after the area had bee

A series of shallow trenches have been dug in a field at the side of the A505 in Baldock to search for possible archaeological remains.

The dig was carried out during the past month by Herts County Council (HCC), owners of the land, after the area had been identified for possible industrial development by North Herts District Council (NHDC).

A NHDC spokesman said: "This site was identified as a possible location for employment development in our Land Allocations Issues and Options Paper, January 2008.

"The county council is the landowner of most of this land. NHDC has asked HCC for more information on archaeological potential, flooding issues and highways implications if these sites are developed.

"That is the work that has been carried out."

As work on the dig finished last week, a HCC spokesman said: "Preliminary findings from the archaeological works have shown that nothing would preclude the development of the site.

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"There are some finds of local interest, but we will not have details of these until we receive the full report from the archaeologists.

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