Archaeological Services WYAS (ASWYAS), with support from South Yorkshire Archaeology Service and funding from English Heritage (now Historic England), spent time in 2013-2014 improving the information held by the South Yorkshire Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) relating to Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites and find spots within the county.
South Yorkshire contains a number of distinct zones where Palaeolithic and Mesolithic remains are likely to survive. Given this clear potential, threats to the condition and survival of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites from commercial development and extensive peat erosion are very real.
It is important that up to date information on the fragile remains of these periods is available in the record.
ASWYAS, with help from Penny Spikins at the University of York, added to the number of South Yorkshire SMR records by gathering information from other data sets and documentary sources. They then produced GIS based maps highlighting areas of potential with the aim to assess, protect and manage very early prehistoric sites of human activity in the county.
The final report for this project is now available and can be downloaded below.
Early Prehistory information in South Yorkshire