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Humber sites and monuments record (SMR)

The Humber SMR is a public record containing a collection of information relating to all known archaeological and historic sites in Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Information is stored as a series of paper and computer records. The record contains a whole range of primary and secondary sources, such as historic maps, aerial photographs, articles, bibliographic references and the results of archaeological fieldwork.

Each site or monument is given its own record number and all related material is stored under, or linked to, this reference. Each site is also drawn onto our map base, which makes it easy for us to see both the location and distribution of known archaeology within our area.

The Humber SMR is currently made up of over 17,000 monument records on archaeological sites and finds. A monument record can be anything from a find spot of a Roman coin, to a large and complex site such as the Roman town of Petuaria at Brough on Humber.

In addition we also hold activity or event records about archaeological fieldwork that has taken place. We also have information on the database about the sources of information as well as the consultations we receive. In total we run a database of around 50,000 records.

The Humber Sites and Monuments Record service has many different functions. These include -

  • maintain and enhance the Sites and Monuments Record. This is a continuous process of updating the database, and paper record with any new sites or archaeological events, as well as updating existing records with new information
  • monitor all planning proposals for the area. We are consulted on planning applications, road schemes, new quarries or quarry extensions, pipeline proposals, forestry planting, hedgerow removals, etc. We offer advice on the archaeological implications of such developments
  • offer management and policy advice for the protection of archaeological sites and landscapes. This sort of advice is offered to the Local Authorities, public utilities, landowners, developers, mineral operators, forestry and agricultural bodies
  • liaise on archaeological issues with national and local bodies. These include English Heritage, National Monuments Record, the Council for British Archaeology, the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers
  • operate a public information service. We are a public resource offering access to both the general public and specialist researchers
  • promote local archaeology as a resource for education and enjoyment. We hope to encourage greater understanding and appreciation of the region's cultural heritage

Our team has years of experience working as and with professional archaeologists in the area. We have a wealth of knowledge in the areas of planning, regional archaeology, post excavation analysis, lithics, wetland archaeology, landscape archaeology, historic buildings, church archaeology and stone sculpture, medieval settlements and pottery.

We are always interested in hearing from other archaeologists, historians, researchers, and members of the public who have information on local archaeological sites. There are also limited opportunities for volunteers to help catalogue and/or sort information, subject to the availability of supervision and space.

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