Why do I need an archaeologist?

Archaeology is an integral part of the planning, development, and construction process in the UK. However, its place within this process can sometimes appear quite confusing. This short guide helps explain the stages involved, and some of the terms you may come across.

planning-process1.pngThe historic environment is a fragile and finite resource. In the UK, legislation and planning guidance protects the historic environment. Often local Government archaeological advisors guide planning authorities on the protection of archaeological remains. This is controlled by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF); this places the emphasis on understanding and conserving the significance of heritage assets as part of sustainable development. This makes the need to consider historic environment constraints, impacts and benefits an imperative from the outset of the development process to avoid unexpected issues at key planning and construction stages.

Archaeological evidence is made up of buildings, monuments, settlements, buried sites or landscapes, and can range from the extraordinary to the everyday. Archaeologists have to unravel this evidence: to characterise it, to explore its meaning, and to assess its value for society. If archaeological conditions are imposed, there is a process involved to establish what you are dealing with a consultancy phase, followed by fieldwork, and concluded with post-excavation work.






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