The SOS (Save Our Sites): Didcot Archaeology petition asks councils and developers of Great Western Park to leave clear of buildings areas where important archaeology was found. Creating a 9000 Years of History Trail through the new estate that tells a story dating from the last ice age until the end of Roman rule. 
Signatures are being collected around Didcot, at workplaces and local clubs. It’s a big task, so if you can help please download a form here and email admin@ddmile.org.uk  when you’ve collected some names.
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How the petition came about
In January 2013 Steve Lawrence from Oxford Archaeology gave a talk to Didcot and District Archaeological and Historical Society about the archaeology found at the Didcot Dogmile (Didcot West/Great Western Park). 
Many expressed surprise that no-one in the town, including Didcot Town Council, had been told just how significant this site had turned out to be whilst the dig was taking place. The whole area hid an ancient history the town had no idea existed. 
As news spread around the town there was a strong feeling that the new archeological discoveries could be used to provide something unique to the town. Ideas included a ‘9000 years of History Trail’ through the new estate, information boards to mark the most important finds, a museum for the large number of finds and even the building of an Iron Age roundhouse.
The developers planned to protect the Roman villa and the ancient boundary ditch, but the fate of the pond barrow site and other areas looks to be under new houses. 
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Related links
NEW! BBC News - Didcot dig: Road near Bronze Age monument approved
BBC News - Didcot dig: Campaign against road near Bronze Age monument 
BBC News - Didcot dig: Petition calls for history trail
BBC News - 9000 year old village life
BBC South Today report on the archaeology (video)



‘You realise you’ve told a lot of stories and those are gonna stay around even after you’re gone.’
Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning physicist
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English Heritage say
...people care about and want to conserve those elements of the historic environment that hold heritage value for them. Once they are lost, they cannot be replaced. People also want the historic environment to be a living and integral part of their local scene. That requires proactive and intelligent management of heritage assets. 
Government planning policy identifies the historic environment as a non-renewable resource… a particularly important consideration in planning. Conserving this resource for future generations accords with the principles of sustainable development.
Local Plan Public Inquiry: “...the issue of archaeology does not support the objectors’ contention that major development in the west would be harmful”
”Some sites are recommended to be preserved in situ, whilst others will be partly preserved in situ and partly subject to archaeological excavation and will be preserved by record.”

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