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Work Begins Today To Redevelop Malton's Livestock Market.

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7:32am 20th November 2013

Work on the redevelopment of the livestock market in Malton begins today (November 20) when mechanical diggers move in to start a series of trial trenches looking for any archaeological finds.

Over the next two weeks, eight trenches, each measuring five metres long, will be dug to establish if there is any historic evidence or features worthy of recording before the site is redeveloped as a food store, additional shops and car parking.

Malton was a Royal Borough with a defensive wall and ditch around it, and it is known from historic maps of the town that the wall was located in this area. If any signs of these defences are discovered, the specialist firm of MAP Archaeological Practice, based locally, will make recommendations to minimise the loss of the evidence by recording the detail.

MAP has agreed the number and location of the trenches with both the district archaeologist at the County Council and the operators of the livestock market to ensure their business is not interrupted during the works.

This preliminary investigation is required by national planning policy and was a condition of the planning permission won by the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate on appeal.  Further studies may follow if recommended by MAP, and a watching brief may have to be adopted during redevelopment to ensure any evidence picked up during this first dig is not missed.

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