Triton Knoll trial trench digs set to begin

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Aug 2017

DIGGING of around 300 archaeological trial trenches will begin across a Lincolnshire route this month, building a unique and detailed picture of the historic landscape of the local area.

The works are part of a programme of surveys being funded by and undertaken for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, a partnership between energy companies Innogy and Statkraft.

While the surveys are important to the onshore element of the wind farm construction, they also form part of one of the largest archaeological explorations of the local area. 

Trenches will be approximately 2m wide and up to 50m long in places.

Triton Knoll said that any findings will be fully recorded and archived locally for the benefit of future generations.


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The substantial pre-construction work takes place along the entire length of the project’s almost 60km long onshore cable corridor – including fields adjacent to the landfall location – between Anderby Creek and Sandilands – the onshore substation at Bicker Fen and the intermediate electrical compound site at Orby. The results will ensure any archaeological sites are sensitively and appropriately managed during future construction works.

Triton Knoll project director James Cotter, pictured, said: “This is a really valuable and interesting programme of investigations for the project and also for the local area. The trenches will mostly be around a metre deep and the results will help build a really detailed picture of the landscape to help inform our construction methods. 

“At the same time, we may uncover some interesting local artefacts, which could be of real interest to future generations, and will be passed over to local curators as a record of the area’s archaeological history, once all analysis is finished.


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“Triton Knoll is a hugely important clean energy infrastructure project for the UK, and will make a significant contribution towards the Government’s drive for sustainable, low carbon, low cost electricity for UK consumers and businesses.

“This latest round of survey works is our most significant onshore activity to date, and marks another important step towards ensuring Triton Knoll is construction ready by the time we reach a final financial investment decision.”

As reported, Lincoln firm Allen Archaeology won the £500,000 contract. 

Mike Wood, at Allen Archaeology, who is leading the works for Triton Knoll, said: “We’ll be carrying out our activities to tie in as closely as possible with the agricultural cycle, and in such a way as to minimise impacts on agricultural land. We anticipate the works potentially taking approximately five months, and expect the bulk of the work to take place during late summer and early autumn.”


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