Desk-based assessments are usually requested by Local Planning Authorities, archaeological curators, consultants or developers in order to gain information about the known or potential archaeological resource within a specific area.
They are typically the first step in the archaeological process in helping to determine the archaeological potential of any given area.
These assessments are a very useful way of informing developers of potential constraints which they may face on proposed development site from buried and standing archaeological remains.
Our desk-based assessments typically consult a wide range of sources, including:
- Local and national archaeological databases
- Published local history, archaeological journals and other documentary sources
- Historic maps (e.g. tithe, enclosure, estate, Ordnance Survey)
- Air photographs (vertical and oblique)
- British Geological Survey mapping
- Operating department practice
- Site inspection