Within the borough there are the remains of 6 scheduled ancient monuments / sites of national importance protected by law:
|Site Name||Type||General Period||Specific Period|
|Cheetham Close, Turton||Stone Circle, ring cairn and two round cairns||Prehistoric||Bronze Age|
|Pleasington Alum works||Alum quarry||Post medieval||1600-1900|
|Witton Hall, Witton||House||Post Medieval||Pre - 1544|
|Coking Ovens, Aushaw Moss||Coking Ovens and works||Post Medieval||1850-1893|
|Steam Tramway Reversing Triangle||Tramway||Post Medieval||1881|
|Bottom o' the Knots Brow, Roman Road||Earthwork||Roman|
As well as these scheduled sites, there are many other sites of archaeological interest within the borough which are taken into account in relation to the Council’s day-to-day development management decision making. Historic sites such as mill sites for example may require an archaeological evaluation to be undertaken so that a full appreciation of the importance of the archaeological evidence can be obtained and an informed planning decision made.
Archaeological consultation at an early stage of the planning of development schemes can help to avoid potential problems.
The Council supports and liaises with the Lancashire Historic Environment Record.