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Commemorative and Funerary

Front cover for Designation Scheduling Selection Guide: Commemorative and Funerary

Designation Scheduling Selection Guide

This selection guide offers an overview of the sorts of archaeological monument or site associated with commemorative and funerary rites and activities which are likely to be deemed to have national importance, and for which of those scheduling may be appropriate.

It aims to do two things: to set these within their historical context, and to give an introduction to some of the specific legal constraints in dealing with human remains and to overarching and more specific designation considerations. There is inevitably some overlap with listing, which is covered in a parallel (but separate) Commemorative Structures selection guide: where possible, an overview is given, and a steer provided to existing policy. It does not cover all categories of asset within this topic: scheduling is concerned with the protection of sites, so important objects removed to museums and elsewhere are not covered. Nor are places of worship in active use eligible to be scheduled. This guide thus covers those sort of structures which can, and have been, accorded protection through scheduling; and it also sets out our current more integrated approach to the assessment of this sort of site.

The purpose of selection guides is to explain our approach to designation. For the scheduling selection guides, archaeological sites and monuments are divided into categories ranging from agriculture to utilities, and commerce and complement the listing selection guides for buildings. In each guide, a historical introduction is followed by a consideration of designation issues, together with sources of further information.


  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Overarching legal considerations
  • Overarching designation considerations
  • Specific consideration when considering commemorative and funerary sites for designation
  • Designation considerations by period
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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