Hampshire’s historic settlements are an integral part of the landscape and help to define a sense of identity and community. Two projects have been undertaken to help us understand how Hampshire’s historic settlements evolved and to assess their archaeological potential.
The archaeological survey of the historic towns of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was funded by English Heritage and forms part of their national programme of Extensive Urban Surveys. The project provides an assessment of the historical development and archaeological resource in each town and gives guidance to the future management of the archaeology of Hampshire’s urban centres.
This survey of historic rural settlements in Hampshire was carried out by Bournemouth University in association with Hampshire County Council. The project identified the archaeological potential of these settlements in order to assist the management of the archaeological heritage through the planning process, but the survey is also of use to local historians. The results of this project are incorporated into the Archaeology and Historic Buildings Record, and copies of the reports are available from the Archaeology and Historic Buildings section.