Planning authorities or developers frequently require baseline archaeological and historical data on a site for planning purposes.
Developers may also want to know the potential archaeological implications of purchasing a site.
Desk-based information gathering is typically the first stage of an archaeological assessment. Assessments typically compile and analyse data from different sources, for example:
- Local & national archaeological, artefactual, architectural databases
- Historical mapping
- Aerial & satellite imagery
- Bibliographical and local historical information
- Published, peer-reviewed archaeological research
- Unpublished excavation reports
- Geophysical and geotechnical reports
- Any other relevant datasets
All our initial constraint studies include a comprehensive site inspection to assess current site condition as well as other possible constraints. Once the desk-based study is complete, other stages may be necessary, for example, geophysical survey, testing, monitoring and excavation.